In 2011, a group of Chinatown youth came together to investigate the issue of tobacco use in their community. Over the course of three months, the 14 to 16 year old participants took photos and wrote captions to express their concerns about tobacco use to their community and policy makers. The young photographers captured hundreds of vibrant images of cigarettes for sale, discarded tobacco paraphernalia, and advertisements around the Chinatown community. This process, known as photovoice, allowed youth to communicate their unique perspectives through the universal language of photography.
The finished work, titled Free to Soar, was displayed in two major ceremonies. On April 16th, youth showcased their photos to more than 50 friends, family members, and civic leaders in the Chinatown Library. On April 29th, the photos were displayed at a town hall meeting at the Chinese American Service League. The findings from this learning process were also disseminated in a poster presentation.
View the poster presentation for Free to Soar.
Below are just a few of the wonderful photographs taken by photovoice participants.
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