The Inscrutable Chinese

After seeing a lack of asian american faces in the form of traditional
western portraiture, Chinese American artist Homer Shew used
photography to capture the faces of Chinese Americans. Using these
pictures as reference, he painted a series of portrait paintings which
are currently on display at 384 Broadway in an exhibition titled “the
inscrutable Chinese‘.

By taking an intimate,close observation of these faces, Homer delved
into the topic of “Chineseness” and “how Chinese people find and
represent themselves in their own community”, something that is often


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