My parents migrated to the Netherlands in the 70s and opened their Chinese restaurant in the early 80s. I basically grew up with it, it’s a big part of my life. I know many of the current generation Dutch-Chinese people grew up in a similar situation. Many of us had or have to help in the restaurant. It’s kind of expected. We would moan about it, but we always ended up doing it. Simply, because we are family. It has inspired me to start a photo project to document our life. It is also a tribute to the generation of our parents that opened the path for us to enjoy a better education and a better life.
For my project, currently titled ‘Generations’, I’m looking for second generation Dutch-Chinese individuals who contribute to or even continue in their family business. My plan is to show a behind-the-scenes look of a regular working day. I’m looking for the scenes while doing preparations or the moments right after the rush hour. Scenes one rarely sees, photographed in a very ‘invisible’ way, like a fly on the wall. Should it be possible, I’d also like to take a family picture as a reference to how our parent’s family photos look like.
If you are interested in this project or would want to know more information, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’d be very happy share my thoughts with you!