What is cultural identity, what is national identity, what is personal identity? Especially for someone like me who is not born in China, like a lot of Chinese people or like my relatives that look at me and say “You’re not really Chinese.” So how does Chinese-ness migrate? In China, what is the idea of Chinese-ness? Also one of the biggest questions that any child of immigrants has is what they would have turned out like, how they would have turned out if their family had never left. That would mean me going back to my parent’s village, or nearby and photographing myself as other people. Say that someone stands as a gallery guard in front of building, for like four hours completely still; I would do that literally in their clothes and set it up so that they photograph me and then I photograph them. Then I would put the photographs together; it’s just different ways of getting at identity and for me to experience another person’s reality.” – WYH, DePaul University Interview, April 2013
Wing Young Huie talked about our cultural identities – how we feel we reflect our culture. Photograph yourself in two or more ways that show your cultural identity. Email the images to Ms. Olson with a brief statement about your intention behind the image(s). Describe how you see your culture living out in daily life.