On Tuesday, May 23rd, AABANY together with Cleary Gottlieb co-sponsored a photo exhibition by Corky Lee, the renowned Chinese-American photojournalist. During the event, participants enjoyed a viewing of Corky’s work, which chronicled the Asian American experience within the larger fabric of American history. They also had an opportunity to vote on the photos they found the most interesting.

In a conversation moderated by Issues Committee Co-Chair Chris Kwok, Corky Lee recounted his experiences documenting the Asian American community in New York over the decades. Corky also explained the history and the backstory of eight of the photos that received the most votes from the audience.

To conclude the night, AABANY was honored to present Corky Lee an award as the “Undisputed Unofficial Asian American Photographer Laureate” and for a lifetime of documenting the American experience.

Thanks to Cleary Gottlieb for hosting a memorable and enjoyable event in celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month.

(Thanks to AABANY summer intern Quentin Wong for the write-up. Photo credits appear in the captions for the individual photos.)