July 18 – August 29, 1981
“Not on the Menu,” an exhibition of 50 black-and-white photographs to be displayed at the CCC, is a lively visual tour through two of America’s largest Chinese communities, in New York and San Francisco.
The photographs, Corky Lee and Leland Wong, have captured the vibrancy of modern Chinatown–a place which, like Main Street, has achieved its own identity in American culture. The images depicted n their photographs reflect not only the traditional roles of business and family, but also American life.They have avoided stereotyped subjects and offer glimpses of life in Chinatown not found on the usual bill of fare.
Interiors and portrait shots contrast with street scenes and demonstrations, vividly portraying the changes taking place in Chinese American society. The exhibit provides a view of the unique niche which Chinatown has created for itself within the American city.
Corky Lee, a resident of New York City, has worked with numerous publications including Time magazine and The New York Times. He has contributed to television programs in the United States and Korea, while also lending his skills to promote Asian American community activities. In 1980, Corky Lee was voted Artist-of-the-Month by the Chinese American Arts Council.
Leland Wong was born and raised in San Francisco, where he lives today. His photographic career began with recording the activities and events of the Chinese American community. He expresses admiration for the documentary photographers of Chinatown and hopes to make his own contribution to the tradition. at present, he is a photographer for the newspaper East/West and is active with freelance work in the Asian community.
This exhibit is funded in part by the Zellerbach Family Fund and the National Endowment for the Arts, a Federal agency.