The Greater China Grant
Encouraging Photography In The Greater China Region
Bridging the Chinese Diaspora and Greater China
Angela Wan - NY, USA
A project that aims to bring awareness to Chinese diaspora the importance of keeping cultural ties with the older Chinese generation in Greater China to preserve Chinese culture in a globalized socioeconomic world.
I am an American Born Chinese and have always been intrigued by the issue of how diaspora, 2nd generation immigrants find their cultural identity, establish or forego certain cultural aspects of heritage ties to Greater China. I received a Bachelor and Master of Arts from Columbia and Harvard respectively in East Asian Studies with a concentration in anthropology as well as a Juris Doctorate from Duke University. I changed careers from practicing as a corporate attorney to running a professional portrait photography and design studio after years of taking intensive graphics design classes and photography workshops with world renowned portrait photographers in my free time. I have traveled numerous times throughout Asia (Hong Kong, Taiwan, China, Singapore, Malaysia, Taiwan). The question of keeping close familial ties between families within Greater China and overseas Chinese diaspora weigh heavy on my heart, especially after the large wave of emigrants pre-1997 Hong Kong.
The combination of my education, work experience and global exposure crafted a desire to use a mix of documentary and professional portrait photography techniques to accomplish three goals: 1) bring awareness to Chinese diaspora and overseas born Chinese the importance of keeping cultural ties with the older Chinese generation in Greater China, 2) bring heartwarming encouragement to the older Chinese generation to proudly pass on their cultural heritage and 3) use photography to inspire, create human connections and preserve emotive memory in our current hyper technical world.
My photography style is heartfelt, memorable and timeless. I capture cultural landscapes and heartwarming scenes where subjects at a grassroots level show joy to convey context and storyline. I wish to publish the results of my photography project in a bilingual English and Chinese book (perhaps further broken down into Cantonese and Mandarin). The Luminous Endowment grant will help me 1) build a website to house the project, 2) secure a publisher to see this photography project to completion by Winter of 2017 and 3) fund airfare and living expenses for ongoing documentation this Summer.