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by Dean Wong


Dean Wong's sensitive eye and man-of-the-people interviews bring North America's Chinatowns to life: the drag queen deciding to stop his AIDS medications and die with dignity; the elderly Chinese American facing eviction as the neighborhood gentrifies; the man who challenged Bruce Lee to a fight ... and lost. His photos and vignettes shed light on an oft-overlooked American experience.


At turns poignant, heartbreaking, and uplifting, Seeing the Light captures four decades of Asian American life in West Coast Chinatowns.


Dean Wong is an award-winning photojournalist who has been chronicling Asian American life for nearly 40 years. The city of Seattle and King County, Washington, declared March 8, 1995, Dean Wong Day to honor his efforts documenting the Asian and Pacific American community.

Seeing the Light: Four Decades in Chinatown

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