MOCATalks: Photographer Cindy Trinh: Model Minority

Thu, Nov 29, 2018 @ 6:30pm - 7:30pm


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Photographer Cindy Trinh joins us to present her photo essay through slides portraying Asian Americans working in low-wage service jobs. Asian Americans are often stereotyped to be the "model minority" because they are viewed as highly educated and hold professional jobs. However, this is not true for many Asian Americans working as street vendors, nail salon workers, store clerks, cooks, and more. Cindy’s essay aims to combat the stereotype that Asians are the "model minority" while highlighting the tenacity, hard work, and struggle of an immigrant population to survive in a big city.


A Q&A to follow slide show presentation.


Cindy Trinh is a lawyer turned photographer and photojournalist who is passionate about art and social justice. Her work has been published and featured by popular media, including Bloomberg Businessweek, The New York Daily News, .Mic, Hyperallergic, The Culture Trip, AlterNet, Epoch Times, Angry Asian Man, The Indypendent, and much more. Cindy is the creator of the popular blog Activist NYC, a documentary photo project about activism and social justice movements in New York City. Her work is currently exhibited at the Museum of the City of New York.