“Generation Dance” Opens in Boston: Exhibit by Jennifer Carpenter, 2010–2011 Lewis Hine Documentary Fellow

Cantonese-speaking retirees meet twice a week for waltz, fox trot, rumba and cha-cha-chá at a community dance hall in Boston's Chinatown. Photograph by Jennifer Carpenter, a 2010-2011 Lewis Hine Documentary Fellow.

Photographs by former Lewis Hine Documentary Fellow Jennifer Carpenter, Generation Dance, tell a story about social dancing from a generation that witnessed a whirlwind of war, revolution, and nation-building. By interweaving 20th century Chinese ballroom dance history with personal accounts from Chinatown’s residents, the exhibit offers unique insight into the value of self-expression and community-building through dance. Generation Dance will be at the Wong/Yee Memorial Gallery in Boston from June 15–October. 31.

Opening reception
Friday, June 15, 6 p.m.
Wong/Yee Memorial Gallery, One Nassau St., Unit 2
Boston, Massachusetts

Generation Dance
 runs through October 31

Jennifer Carpenter is a 2010–2011 Lewis Hine Documentary Fellow from the Center for Documentary Studies. Carpenter spent ten months working with the Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center (BCNC) in Boston, Massachusetts. For one of her documentary projects, she chose to focus on the community of retirees who met twice a week for an afternoon of ballroom dance.

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