Allison Chan
Transdisciplinary designer and artist based in the San Francisco Bay Area devoted to critical and creative inquiry at the nexus of community, belonging, and resilience.
Currently
Designing tools to support low-income workers at Even1, publishing an anthology of anti-deportation stories with the Asian Prisoner Support Committee 2, and theorizing more tender ways of internet-ing through the Prototype Web Residency 3.
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2019 Print
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Year 2019
Featured in Mixed: Movement, Migration, and Diaspora
Category Photography

Hong Kong, 
Macau: Rhythm—

These are photos I took on Christmas day at a small temple near the hospital my mom was born at. Buddhist prayer is something I learned from her family when I was young but quickly estranged from my life as I grew up in the states and made calculated choices to act more American. It now belongs to a long inventory of ideas, rituals, and aesthetics tied to my family that feel close to me symbolically yet entirely foreign in practice.






—and Ritual

These are photos I took on Christmas day at a small temple near the hospital my mom was born at. Buddhist prayer is something I learned from her family when I was young but quickly estranged from my life as I grew up in the states and made calculated choices to act more American. It now belongs to a long inventory of ideas, rituals, and aesthetics tied to my family that feel close to me symbolically yet entirely foreign in practice. I feel strange being a tourist to these spaces now and experiencing this instinctive, almost animalistic desire to photograph (to document, capture, claim?). 


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