ChinaFile Presents - Ground Up: China on the Margins, an evening with Sim Chi Yin

Join 2010 MF Human Rights fellow Sim Chi Yin, a photographer based in China, for an evening of photos and discussion of her work documenting Chinese society.

Wednesday, May 28, 6:30 pm at Open Society Foundations
224 W 57th St, New York,

Register for the event here.


From rural petitioners demanding justice to migrants living in Beijing’s basements to gold miners waiting for death in the remote mountains, Chi Yin accesses communities on the fringes of Chinese society and then takes an intimate, close-up photographic process to tell their stories.

Chi Yin will talk about the personal story she is currently working on: how her paternal grandfather – a journalist and community leader – was deported from British Malaya to China, joined the Chinese Communist Party guerrilla army and was executed just before the Communist victory in 1949.

A fourth-generation overseas Chinese who was born and grew up in Singapore, Chi Yin moved to the mainland seven years ago, where she now works as a New York Times-accredited photographer. She also takes photographs for a variety of publications, including TIME magazine, The New YorkerBusinessweek and Le Monde. She is also working on several personal projects and cutting her first documentary film.

The event is co-sponsored by: Magnum Foundation, Asia Society Center on U.S.-China Relations, and Open Society Foundations

Simone Salvo