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ChinaFile Presents: "Ground Up: China on the Margins"


Event Date:

May 28, 2014 | 12:00 AM EDT
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Pulitzer Center-supported photojournalist Sim Chi Yin joins David M. Barreda, visuals editor of ChinaFile, on Wednesday, May 28, to share her photographs and the insights she has gained while documenting Chinese society. From rural petitioners demanding justice to migrants living in Beijing's basements to gold miners waiting for death in the remote mountains, Sim accesses communities on the fringes of Chinese society and then uses an intimate, close-up photographic process to tell their stories.

A fourth-generation overseas Chinese who was born and grew up in Singapore, Sim moved to the Chinese mainland seven years ago, where she now works as a New York Times-accredited photographer. She also takes photographs for a variety of publications, including TIME magazine, The New Yorker, Businessweek and Le Monde. In addition, she is working on several personal projects and cutting her first documentary film.

During the evening event, Sim will also discuss the personal story she is working on: how her paternal grandfather — a journalist and community leader — was deported from British Malaya to China, joined the Chinese Communist Party guerrilla army, and was executed just before the Communist victory in 1949.

Wednesday, May 28
6:30pm - 8:00pm
Open Society Foundation
224 W 57th Street
New York, NY

Free admission but registration requested: RSVP for "Ground Up: China on the Margins."

This event is co-sponsored by the Asia Society Center on U.S.-China Relations, Magnum Foundation, and the Open Society Foundations.