Diaspora Stories is an exploration of personal immigration histories across generations. This project seeks to visually humanize the connection and disconnections between first-generation parents and their children, either born or predominantly raised in the United States.
The adjacent images devise a visual bridge between parent and child, suturing the cultural gaps which arise as a result of diverse upbringings, traditions, and hardships across diasporic landing points. These photos demonstrate the possibilities of cultural transformation across time, space, and all other dimensions. This includes the qualities which persist effortlessly: facial expressions, comportment, or an affinity for crisp polos.
This work also explores memory to further articulate the distances between what was and what is remembered. In drawing attention to absence of sharp details in the parent photos, personal history is represented as something children of immigrants may not fully grasp themselves.