Cindy Trinh is a photographer, visual journalist, and podcast host who is passionate about social justice and human rights. Her work focuses on cultural identity, racial justice, immigration, women’s rights, and activism. Cindy has been published and featured by popular media, including The Hill, Bloomberg Businessweek, The New York Daily News, .Mic, Hyperallergic, Convicts NYC, diaCRITICS, HereYouAre, Saigoneer, The Culture Trip, AlterNet, Angry Asian Man, The Indypendent, and more. She has exhibited at numerous museums, galleries and art spaces, including the Museum of the City of New York, Museum of Chinese in America, New York Arts Center, Canal Street Market, Rush Arts Gallery, Grady Alexis Gallery, BKC Brooklyn Central, Equity Gallery, The Knockdown Center, and more. Cindy is the creator of the popular media project Activist NYC, a documentary photo project and podcast about activism and social justice movements in New York City.
For the past five years, I have been documenting life in Chinatown, New York. Chinatown embodies the resilience of immigrants who came to America in search of a better life. In the 1800s, Chinese immigrants were forced to create ethnic enclaves like Chinatown because of racism and discrimination. Other Asian immigrants who came soon after were also forced to live in Chinatown or create their own ethnic enclaves, including Vietnamese, Malaysian, Filipino, Tibetan, and more. Chinatown is home to many different Asian Americans, as I have learned in my travels and documentation of Chinatowns around the world. Thinking about how many Chinatowns there are in the world, it seems like there are no boundaries to where immigrants can go to make a new life. My goal for this ongoing photo series is to show global documentation of these bustling immigrant communities in many parts of the world. I want to continue traveling and documenting Chinatowns wherever I go. I hope to one day make this series into a book.