February 10, 2003
Artist Flo Oy Wong grew up with two families: a real one and a "paper family," an elaborate deception constructed to elude U.S. immigration restrictions of the early 1900s. Like thousands of Chinese-Americans, Wong lived in constant fear of discovery and deportation. Now, in her art, she explores the culture of shame and subterfuge that permeated Chinatown then and still influences the community today.
Video: Rosa Yum, Graduate School of Journalism, University of California, Berkeley