Media Images: Influence on Concepts of Race and Beauty is a photo essay exploring how the beauty ideals perpetuated by mass media affects women and girls of colour. This project was motivated by my own personal struggles with the concept of beauty and race as a young Khmer girl growing up in Canada surrounded by media images of white beauty. In my photo essay, I argue that imperialist white supremacist capitalist and patriarchal ideologies have constructed beauty ideals, and that only through diverse representation of women and girls, as well as the continuous and active decolonization of our perceptions of beauty can we begin to deconstruct these harmful ideologies and ideals of beauty.
The 25th Annual Women’s Memorial March is held each year on Valentine’s day, February 14, in the Downtown Eastside in Vancouver to honour the memory of all the women in the community who have died from physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual violence. Each year, friends, families, and supporters, march through the Downtown Eastside towards Oppenheimer Park, stopping along the way to offer flowers, medicines, and prayers at the sites where women of the Downtown Eastside had died or were last seen.
Cutting Resistance is a photo essay documenting a profound moment in the life of a man named, Spike. On August 6, 2014, I worked with Storyturns in partnership with Providence Healthcare’s SALOME program to facilitate a digital storytelling workshop for recovering opiate addicts. Spike is a participant of the SALOME program.
Unist’ot’en Heals rally to protect Unist’ot’en land is a photo essay documenting the Unist’ot’en Heals rally that took place on July 30, 2015 in Vancouver. The event was held in solidarity with the Unist’ot’en clan and support of the Unist’ot’en Camp. Activists in attendance also demonstrated against the attempts by RCMP to forcefully intrude on unceded Unist’ot’en territory and the murder of James Daniel McIntyre at the hands of police. Originally published on rabble.ca.
‘Refugees Welcome’ rallies expose Canada’s broken immigration system is a photo essay documenting Vancouver’s Refugees Welcome rally on September 6, 2015. In the wake of the Syrian refugees crisis and the death of a three-year-old Syrian-Kurdish boy Alan Kurdi, activist group No One Is Illegal has organized mobilizations across the country to pressure the Canadian government to open Canada’s borders to refugees and displaced peoples in crisis. Originally published on rabble.ca.