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Growing up in a primarily white suburb of California, I felt the constant need to do as much as I can to fit in with my peers and to blend into the background. In fear of standing out, I overtly rejected every facet of my culture. I refused to learn the language and acted embarrassed by many of the traditional practices.


In this photography series, my sister and I both served as subjects. We have always received comments on how we look quite similar. In this project, my sister represents my current self who embraces her culture wholeheartedly. My body functions as my past, close-minded self. The image of two sisters, face to face, embodies my journey of accepting my heritage.

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