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Photographer Annie Ling’s work “A Floating Population” is on view through Sunday as part of an exhibition exploring “the connection between people and lived spaces within this neighborhood” at The Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) in New York. MOCA says its mission is to celebrate the living history of the Chinese experience in America and encourages contemporary artists to tell those stories.

Curator Herb Tam said the project  “Chinatown: Beyond the Streets,” which includes two exhibitions, serves as an attempt to “look beyond the streets into the interior life of Chinatown, its domestic spaces and collective memory.” Ms. Ling’s photographs, spanning four years of work, allow viewers to access the “internal, private worlds” of the residents of Chinatown in a display of more than 80 images composed of four sections: “81 Bowery,” “Shut-Ins,” “Tenements,” and “A Floating Population.”

Below is a selection from Ms. Ling’s photographs taken in New York’s Chinatown, on view through the weekend at MOCA.


Workers share a late supper together with Chu Ben Jin in cubicle #4, at 81 Bowery  From the series “81 Bowery,”2010



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home of Fung Shok Yin, a homebound resident of a tenement building on Pell Street.
From the series “Shut In,” 2009


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View from inside a bridal boutique after store hours.
From the series “A Floating Population,” 2012

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Inside the halls of a tenement building.
From the series “Tenements,” 2009

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Residents burn money and goods made of joss paper to send to a deceased family member outside a makeshift Buddhist temple.
From the series “A Floating Population,” 2012
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Chang Yi Ang, 63, redeems cans at a recycling depot for 5 cents each, earning about $20-$30 per visit from recyclables he collects from trash picking.
From the series “A Floating Population,” 2011

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Photographs on the walls of the home of Fung Shok Yin, a homebound resident of a tenement building on Pell Street.
From the series “Shut In,” 2009
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