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More and more Chinese people travel to the United States to fulfill the American dreams of freedom, wealth, and a new way of life. Yet, when they reach America's shores, many find something far from perfect even if they want very much to work hard and succeed.

(Daily Mail) A photographer has documented the life of a Chinese family living inside a 350 square-foot apartment in New York City's Chinatown with poignant images spanning a decade.

In 2003, Thomas Holton was with a local housing advocate when he met Steven and Shirley Lam and their three New-York born children Michael, Franklin and Cindy. The family lived in a fifth-floor apartment in a tenement building on Ludlow Street, according to the New York Times.

At the time Holton, born to a Chinese mother and an American father, had started photographing the streets and daily rituals of Chinatown in an effort to better understand his own Chinese heritage.

But what started as a traditional documentary project for his master's thesis at the School of Visual Arts quickly turned more intimate as he began an in-depth photographic look at the Lams' every day life in the cramped quarters.

Now 13 years later, Holton's work has become a book, The Lams of Ludlow Street, published this month by Kehrer Verlag.

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Photographer Thomas Holton has documented the life of a Chinese family living inside a 350 square-foot apartment in New York City's Chinatown neighborhood with poignant images spanning a decade. The three Lam children, Michael, Franklin and Cindy pictured in 2003

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The Lam children pictured during bath time in 2004. In 2003, Holton was with a local housing advocate when he met Steven and Shirley Lam and their three New-York born children who lived in a fifth-floor apartment in a tenement building on Ludlow Street

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Ms Lam prepares food while watching a Chinese soap opera in 2004. Holton, born to a Chinese mother and an American father, had started photographing the streets and daily rituals of Chinatown in an effort to better understand his own Chinese heritage

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The Lams captured in a family portrait before having a meal in 2004. Holton's project started as a traditional documentary project for his master's thesis but turned more intimate as he began an in-depth photographic look at the family's every day life in the cramped quarters

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The family's laundry dries on a clothes line on the roof of their building with views of New York City in the background in 2004

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Mr Lam seen above with sons Michael and Franklin in 2005. During Holton's time photographing the family, Mr Lam and Ms Lam end up divorcing

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