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Identifying Vietnam in Chinatown by Kyle Lui

Editorials – November 2022

A series capturing the contributions of Vietnamese culture in NYC’s Chinatown. Featuring Genevieve Tam and Romy Saadi, photographed by Kyle Lui.

When looked at closely, Chinatown is full of diversity and intricacies. Beginning as an ethnic enclave formed out of the need for survival for primarily Taishanese migrants discriminated against by American white supremacy, NYC's Chinatown is now more diverse than it started out to be. One of the sometimes overlooked aspects of NYC's Manhattan Chinatown is the contribution of Vietnamese culture to NYC Chinatown’s cultural fabric. This series highlights these cultural contributions in the neighborhood while also showcasing Kaarem’s clothing in this gritty but beautiful urban landscape.

- Kyle Lui

About Kyle Lui

Kyle Lui is a New York City born, bred, and based freelance photographer. As the child of immigrants who have strong roots in the Chinatown neighborhood in Manhattan, Kyle's work is driven by a commitment to empowering and building empathy within and towards marginalized communities and families, whether biological or through shared circumstances. His work is motivated by the Buddhist mantra “to love is to recognize.” Kyle has exhibited in shows in New York City at Soho Photo Gallery and Pearl River Gallery.

Website: kyle-lui.com
Instagram: @bykylelui

Credits

Photographer

Kyle Lui

Featuring

Genevieve Tam and Romy Saadi

Manhattan Chinatown Vietnamese Restaurants (a small list)

Phở Grand

277 Grand St Ste C New York, NY 10002

Phở 87

87 Chrystie St New York, NY 10002

Nha Trang One

87 Baxter St New York, NY 10013

Phở Bằng

157 Mott St New York, NY 10013

Bo Ky

80 Bayard St New York, NY 10013

Thái Son

89 Baxter St New York, NY 10013

Nam Son

245 Grand St New York, NY 10002

Bánh mì Cô Út

83 Elizabeth St New York, NY 10013

Bánh mì Saigon

198 Grand St New York, NY 10013

Pasteur Grill & Noodles (Phở Pasteur)

85 Baxter St New York, NY 10013

Bánh mì Saigon Deli

369 Broome St New York, NY 10013

Mắm

70 Forsyth St New York, NY 10002