Emma Marie Chiang is an independent visual journalist and proud San Francisco native. Emma focuses on documenting stories of displaced communities and cares about the rights of marginalized people, women, and LGBTQ. She believes storytelling has the power to plant seeds of curiosity, dialogue, inclusion, reconciliation and hope between individuals and communities. Her work has been featured online and in print for various publications such as the AP, SF Chronicle, SF Gate, SF Examiner, El Tecolote, Ingleside-Excelsior Light, SF Bay, San Francisco State Magazine, among others. Emma was awarded second place for the 2017 Multimedia Hearst Journalism Award for her story about a 9-year-old girl living with a rare bone disease, published by the San Francisco Examiner.
Born in the Philippines but having grown up in North America, I have lost much of what it means to be distinctly Filipino. When I returned to the Philippines to spend the better part of the 1990s as an international development worker, I rediscovered some of my ethnic heritage, including recovering my native tongue of Tagalog.
Back in India, some of my cousins’ children call me aunty. Actually, they call me mamima or kakima, depending on whether I’m their father’s cousin or their mother’s cousin.
Eddy Zheng is often invited to community organizations or churches to share his redemptive story from prison to re-entry. It is incredible to hear how much Eddy has changed in his lifetime amidst daunting circumstances and the length of time he has had to fight for his freedom. But in certain church settings, after giving his talk, Eddy has been met with distrust, rather than open arms.
Serious business is being discussed around the conference table at San Francisco’s Chinatown Community Development Center. Chinatown finds itself at the frontlines of a heated gentrification battle. Crime is rising. So are evictions.