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Double Happiness
Chien-Chi Chang
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Format: Hardcover
Pages: 144
Size: 6 1/4" x 9 1/4"
Publisher: Aperture
ISBN: 978-1-931788-56-4
Alienation and connection are the subjects of much of Chien-Chi Chang's work. “Double Happiness” is the maturation of this original impetus. His first work on the topic was classically photojournalistic in approach, following the mainstream wedding industry as it manufactured strangers into brides and grooms. Almost ten years later, the work and his approach has evolved enormously, resulting in a body of work that addresses the fringes of the wedding industry: the voluntary importation of women from Vietnam and other poorer Asian countries into Taiwan for the purpose of brokered marriages.

A selection of young women are displayed to the men who sign up for the service; if a man chooses one of the girls and she accepts the proposal, the marriage takes place within three days. The marriage broker handles the entire affair from selection process to ceremony. Chang offers a series of scenarios following the process: selection, application and paperwork, ceremony. The images are accompanied by interviews with the brokers, the men and women, and sample "interviews" that take place between the potential bride and grooms as they determine the suitability of their partners.

Signed by Chien-Chi Chang