Child Be Brave

Ryan Gao

My family moved to America from China when I was 13. I’ve had a student visa since and the plan was to get the green card before I graduate college. The relationship between the two countries caused the progress of naturalization to slow down significantly, especially after the 2016 U.S. election. Now as I’m graduating from college, the President has paused immigration again. I made photographs as a reflection of my mind. When my future is depending on one man’s decision, it’s difficult to find my place in this world. My expectation for the once promised belongingness was high but it all feels like I’ve been waiting for nothing.

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