ABOUT

Jennifer was born in Philadelphia and raised in New York. She is an American born Chinese and half Singaporean photographer and writer based in Manhattan. She received her BFA from Parsons The New School for Design in Photography with a minor in Chinese Studies in 2015. Her work has been exhibited at the Parsons Photography BFA Senior Thesis Exhibition at Thierry-Goldberg Gallery and Site/109 on the Lower East Side in May 2015.

STATEMENT

“ABC” is used as a derogatory term by the older generations of Chinese immigrants to describe their perspective on the younger generation of Chinese young adults that are born in America but raised by traditional Chinese parents. It comes from the belief that the Chinese youth in this century lack the knowledge of traditional Chinese language, traditions, respect and culture. I was born in America and educated in American schools underneath American standards. According to my mother, her idea of making me become more like a Chinese person was to enroll me into mathematics programs, piano lessons and Chinese tutoring on the weekends in Chinatown. Due to these frustrations, my mother and I will always get into arguments over issues that would be considered normal in American culture. "ABC" is an exploration of my own identity, along with my mother’s experience living and raising an ABC child in America. Struggling with my own identity and my relationship with my mother is the biggest obs