Art and Change Grant
Change Partner: Asian Arts Initiative
Discipline: Media Arts
Yvonne will create a video documenting the experiences of immigrants in Philadelphia's Chinese community. The interviewees will share their stories, hopes, and journeys to America. Yvonne will translate the immigrants' stories to English without rehearsal, simulating her experience as a court interpreter and revealing her emotional reactions. The storytellers will not appear in the video, but will be represented visually by an item of personal value that will not only protect their identities, but also suggest the facelessness of the issues of immigration. Yvonne's goal is to provide a human element to the so-called "immigration issue." She aims to give the interviewees a voice, a sense of pride, and a moment to reflect upon their struggles.
Photo: Laureen Griffin