Asian American photographer Corky Lee has generously made available two framed images that he took in downtown Detroit in 1983. Asian Americans organized a protest rally after both defendants in the Vincent Chin case were fined, but served no jail time. Corky was there to document the rally.


Outside the New York Law School Auditorium | Need not be present to win

 All proceeds will help support tonight’s performance.

Corky Lee is an American-born Chinese from NYC, the eldest son of a former “paper son” who served with the 14th Army Air Corp/Flying Tigers during World War II. He grew up in a hand laundry in Queens and “lived” in a darkroom before the onset of digital photography. For more than forty years, Corky has been the self-taught, self-appointed “unofficial, undisputed Asian Pacific American photographer laureate,” and considered by many to be the dean of Asian American documentary photography. Corky is the recipient of the Asian American Journalists Association’s Dr. Suzanne Ahn Award for Civil Rights & Social Justice and is among AAJA’s 100 journalist pioneers. He is published in a volume entitled 100 New York Photographers (Schiffer Publishing, 2007). A forthcoming documentary, Photographic Justice: The Corky Lee Story, is in the production/post production stages. He hopes to raise enough funds to self publish a photography book on Chinese Americans, Not on the Menu: More or Less Chinese America.

Corky will be available after the performance and talkback to discuss his work.