A new series by Chatham County photographer Anna-Rhesa Versola seeks to capture images and experiences of North Carolina residents with Asian ancestry in the midst of a raging coronavirus pandemic.
Ms. Versola invites NC residents who self-identify as being of any Asian descent to have their portrait taken at no cost and to record their personal stories of race or racism during the COVID-19 pandemic. This project is part of a larger exploration of culture and identity, and what it means to be American in the South.
Ms. Versola is a UNC alum and co-founder of Southern Mix, a project with the Southern Oral History Program at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill.
Recent examples of anti-Asian hate can be found on The Southern Poverty Law Center website and on other websites, such as Asian Pacific Policy and Planning Council (A3PCON) and tolerance.org.
For more information about this project, or to sign up for a portrait, contact Anna-Rhesa.
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