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Lia Chang: Portraits of New York Chinatown after 9/11

Selections from the Lia Chang Photography Collection in the permanent collection of the Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) include the shell of the World Trade Center and 12 other images that illustrate how New York’s Chinatown, located just ten blocks from Ground Zero, was the largest residential area affected by 9/11. For eight days following the attack on 9/11, Chinatown south of Canal Street was a “frozen zone” in which all vehicular and non-residential pedestrian traffic was prohibited; and, for nearly two months, Chinatown residents and businesses were effectively isolated by the loss of telephone service.

 Flag and the clothesline Photo by Lia Chang

Flag and the clothesline Photo by Lia Chang

The images include walls of the missing at Gouverneur Healthcare Services in Chinatown, memorials in New York Chinatown’s Chatham Square and the FDNY Firehouse in Chinatown, portable phone banks provided by Verizon, and idle workers with no business.

 Shell of the World Trade Center Photo by Lia Chang

Shell of the World Trade Center Photo by Lia Chang

 

Wall of missing at after 9-11 Photo by Lia Chang

Wall of missing Gouverneur Healthcare Services after 9-11. Photo by Lia Chang

 

Wall of the missing after 9-11 Photo by Lia Chang

Wall of the missing Gouverneur Healthcare Services after 9-11. Photo by Lia Chang

Phone lines went down in Chinatown after the World Trade Center towers collapsed. Verizon provided portable phone centers for people to stay connected. Photo by Lia Chang

Phone lines went down in Chinatown after the World Trade Center towers collapsed. Verizon provided portable phone centers for people to stay connected. Photo by Lia Chang

 

Memorial at the FDNY Firestation in Chinatown after 9-11 photo by Lia Chang

Memorial at the FDNY Firestation in Chinatown after 9-11 photo by Lia Chang

Memorial in Chatham Square after 9-11 Photo by Lia Chang

Memorial in Chatham Square after 9-11 Photo by Lia Chang

Memorial in Chatham Square after 9-11photo by Lia Chang

Memorial in Chatham Square after 9-11photo by Lia Chang

Memorial in the shadow of Confucius Plaza after 9-11Photo by Lia Chang

Memorial in the shadow of Confucius Plaza after 9-11Photo by Lia Chang

Business Slows in Chinatown after 9-11. Photo by Lia Chang

Business Slows in Chinatown after 9-11. Photo by Lia Chang

 Business Slows in Chinatown After 9-11 Photo by Lia Chang

Business Slows in Chinatown After 9-11 Photo by Lia Chang

Business slows in Chinatown after 9-11 Photo by Lia Chang

Business slows in Chinatown after 9-11 Photo by Lia Chang

Business Slows in Chinatown After 9-11 Photo by Lia Chang

Business Slows in Chinatown After 9-11 Photo by Lia Chang

Lia Chang

Lia Chang

Lia Chang is an award-winning filmmaker, a Best Actress nominee, a photographer, and an award-winning multi-platform journalist. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman and Hide and Seek. She is profiled in FebOne1960.com Blog, Jade Magazine and Playbill.com.

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