In 1992, drawn to people who — like himself — were trying to find their way in a new place, Chien-Chi Chang began a project on immigrants living in New York City’s Chinatown under no legal protection. This image of a newly-arrived immigrant eating noodles on a fire escape was captured in 1998. One year later, Chang was awarded the prestigious W. Eugene Smith Award, and his works compelled the US to pay attention to the rights of Chinatown’s labor practices.

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