It’s important to acknowledge where I am.
My studio, my darkroom, and much of my work takes place in Chinatown, Vancouver, Canada. Vancouver is built on the traditional and unceded land of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səl̓ílwətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) peoples, and much of that building has happened through the dispossession of land from these indigenous peoples.
Chinatown, Vancouver is also a place where Chinese migrants settled, alongside other people of colour, in an era where racial discrimination was legally enforced and rampant. It is a contested ground, and this contestation continues as Chinatown is being rapidly gentrified through luxury developments that do not serve the historical community.
I stand with the indigenous peoples of xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səl̓ílwətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh), and with the community of Chinatown. I can only hope that some of my work can serve in some way to support these communities and their struggles for recognition, reparation, and equality.
The Chinatown Action Group’s Acknowledgements page on their website has informed my understanding of the historical struggles around Chinatown and should be read.