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art by John Evans

Main Street, Flushing, USA

More than 50,000 Chinese people moved to Flushing, Queens over the
past decade, making it one of the fastest growing neighborhoods in New
York City.

The Museum of Chinese in the Americas is currently presenting
Main Street, Flushing, USA , an exhibition featuring over 20 photographs by Kien Lee, Wayne Liu and Pierre Obando, local artists who document daily life of Chinese immigrants.

Each photographer presents a different vision of the neighborhood. Lee documents Flushing at night, capturing pool halls, dance halls and bars. Obando portrays the vibrancy of Flushing?s shopping malls, market places and street corners during the day. Liu photographs the more desolate areas like places under the bridges and highways.

"Manhattan's Chinatown is great, but the problem there is growth," Lee has said. "Flushing has the opportunity and the space to expand and that is what is happening as more and more immigrants come to this country."

The exhibition is part of a larger project which features "satellite Chinatowns" in New York. A few years ago the museum presented an exhibition about the growing Chinese community in Sunset Park, Brooklyn.

Main Street Flushing, USA will be on display at the Queens Public Library in Queens until May 24.

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