Coming Home

2016


Coming Home is about queer Asian Americans and the family, friends, places, and things we call home.

These photographs record my search for belonging and affirmation. For three months, people welcomed me into their lives and into their homes. I dedicate this series to anyone that is searching for home.

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA-- Danny Pham shares an intimate moment at his danceclub, GAMeBoi SF.

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA-- Roy Luo gets ready for a goth party with his sister and best friend.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA-- Natalie Wong prepares for a night out. She moved to Los Angeles to become an actress.

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA-- Sammie Wills directs API Equality Northern California, an organization advocating for LGBTQ Asian Americans.

DALLAS, TEXAS-- Dylan Simmons checks out his fresh haircut. Now a student at Stanford University, he came from a selective all-girls private school in Dallas.

OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA-- Inger Brinck feeding their four-month old son. They are considering moving out of Oakland as housing costs increase.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA-- Each morning, Narinda Heng writes and has a cup of coffee. She is a writer, potter, and outdoor educator.

CAMBRIDGE, MASSACHUSETTS-- Hane Lee heads down to the basement piano in their dorm at MIT.

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA-- Jerome Tobias and Kevin Kwong wind down with a video game in their living room.

Timeline

April 2016: Solo exhibition held in the Mohr Gallery at the McMurtry building at Stanford in April 2016.

June 2016: Received the Robert M. Golden Medal for Excellence in the Humanities and the Creative Arts for Coming Home

Oct to Dec 2016: Photographs selected as part of the 3rd Annual Undergraduate Juried Exhibition in the Stanford Art Gallery.

June 2016 to June 2017: Selection of photographs on display at the Cantor Art Center's cafe.

Acknowledgments

To the dozens of people who welcomed me into their home and introduced me to their world, my gratitude cannot be expressed in words. Thank you for your courage in sharing your stories: Thanh Nguyen, Dylan Simmons, Angela Wang, Taylor Souryachak, Sammie Wills, Danny Tai Pham, Narinda Heng, Shelby Barnachea, Ann Hoang and Anisa Khamvongsa, Roy Luo, Vicky and Hailee Luu-Pollard, Allison Santos, Diane Kim, Lena Nguyen, Juliana Nguyen, Lotus Dao, Willy Wilkinson, Natalie Thoreson, Marcella Gaddis, Hansa Srinivasan, Hane Lee, Elisa Young, Fei Mok, Grace Kong and Khanie Qi, Kevin Kwong and Jerome Tobias, Natalie Wong, Grace Park and Inger Brinck.

Jonathan Calm, who has been my teacher, mentor, and advocate. I would have been lost without your positivity, wisdom, and encouragement.

With gratitude to the Cantor Arts Center and the Department of Art & Art History.

Elizabeth Mitchell and Kim Mansfield from the Cantor for your support.

Special thanks to Stanford Q&A, as well as MLin and the folks at API Equality Northern California for outreach support, and for your broader work advocating for the LGBTQ API community.

My family for your love, your willingness to grow together, and your patience with my wild and stubborn ways.