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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.

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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 Yorker, Businessweek 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

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Sim Chi Yin, 2010 HR Fellow, was featured in The New York Times Opinion section for her piece, “In China, a Vast Chasm Between the Rich and the Rest.”
Read full article here. 

Sim Chi Yin, 2010 HR Fellow, was featured in The New York Times Opinion section for her piece, “In China, a Vast Chasm Between the Rich and the Rest.”

Read full article here

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Sim Chi Yin
The Last Journey, The New York Times
Sim Chi Yin, 2010 HR Fellow, produced her first video piece, “The Last Journey” about two brothers who lost their parents in the high-speed train crash in China which killed 40 and injured 191 passengers. The story is featured both as a slideshow and video on the New York Times today. 

Sim Chi Yin

The Last Journey, The New York Times

Sim Chi Yin, 2010 HR Fellow, produced her first video piece, “The Last Journey” about two brothers who lost their parents in the high-speed train crash in China which killed 40 and injured 191 passengers. The story is featured both as a slideshow and video on the New York Times today. 

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The Magnum Foundation participated in Photoville, a seven-day photography festival on the Brooklyn Waterfront. MF transformed two shipping containers into unique home-like galleries to enforce the project themes featured. MF brought together Bruce Gilden’s No Place Like HOme: Foreclosures in America documenting the lives devastated by the recent housing crisis; and Sim Chi Yin’s Rat Tribe, exposing the world of Beijing’s migrants living underground. MF’s involvement in Photoville was made possible through the generous support of the Compton Foundation, Open Society Institute, and Panta Rhea Foundation.

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Sim Chi Yin featured on Financial Times

Sim Chi Yin’s photography series, Rat Tribe, examines the underground dwellings of low-income workers in Beijing, China.

To read full article please click here.

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The Magnum Foundation is currently presenting two container installations at Brooklyn’s Photoville, both examining the meaning of ‘home.’ Be sure to check out Bruce Gilden’s container on Foreclosure in America and Sim Chi Yin’s container on Beijing’s Rat Tribe.

Gilden’s project was funded in part by the Magnum Foundation Emergency Fund grant. The container is surrounded by enlarged contact sheets from four of Gilden’s trips across America and features his Magnum in Motion pieces inside the container.

The MF is also seeking perspectives on Foreclosures. Share your story on cowbird and tag with “Foreclosure.”

Sim Chi Yin, VII Mentor Program, was a Magnum Foundation Human Rights Fellow in 2010. Her container features work from her series Rat Tribe, giving an inside look at Beijing’s underground inhabitants.

Photoville will be open from Thursday to Sunday:

Thursday June 28 - 4pm - 10pm
Friday June 29 - 4pm - 10pm
Saturday June 30 - 11am - 10pm
Sunday July 1 - 11am - 7pm

There is a large array of other excellent container exhibitions including “Tent Life: Haiti” presented by Open Society Foundation featuring Wyatt Gallery’s images. Be sure to make Wyatt Gallery’s artist talk at 2:45pm - 3:45pm, “Using Your Photography to Make A Difference.” Also check out “Cruel and Unusual” curated by Hester Keijser and Pete Brook and Brooklyn-based photographer Russell Frederick’s “Dying Breed: Photos of Bedford Stuyvesant.” 

Click here for more information on Photoville.

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Sim Chi Yin, Foreign Policy
Sim Chi Yin, Rat World, featured on Foreign Policy

Picture Beijing, and a skyline of fancy steel architecture and clouds of smog likely come to mind. But the most fitting metaphor for the city’s growing pains may lie beneath its streets: In the past two decades, underground storage basements, parking lots, and air-raid shelters have found new life as apartments, partitioned into untold thousands of cramped, windowless rooms. It’s here that many thousands of Beijing’s estimated 7 million migrant laborers make their homes, lured underground by low rents ($100 or less a month) and a better — if unconventional — life in the capital. Over the past two years, photojournalist Sim Chi Yin has documented this subterranean world known in the Chinese media as home of the “rat tribe,” recording the odd mix of quaint domesticity that has managed to flourish within the drafty, moldy cells. Beijingers from every line of work populate these hidden spaces; they are the waiters and hairdressers, fruit-sellers and manicurists of the gilded new capital taking shape above them.    

Sim Chi Yin, Foreign Policy

Sim Chi Yin, Rat World, featured on Foreign Policy

Picture Beijing, and a skyline of fancy steel architecture and clouds of smog likely come to mind. But the most fitting metaphor for the city’s growing pains may lie beneath its streets: In the past two decades, underground storage basements, parking lots, and air-raid shelters have found new life as apartments, partitioned into untold thousands of cramped, windowless rooms. It’s here that many thousands of Beijing’s estimated 7 million migrant laborers make their homes, lured underground by low rents ($100 or less a month) and a better — if unconventional — life in the capital. Over the past two years, photojournalist Sim Chi Yin has documented this subterranean world known in the Chinese media as home of the “rat tribe,” recording the odd mix of quaint domesticity that has managed to flourish within the drafty, moldy cells. Beijingers from every line of work populate these hidden spaces; they are the waiters and hairdressers, fruit-sellers and manicurists of the gilded new capital taking shape above them.    

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Financial Times Magazine
Sim Chi Yin photographed Zu Shiming, the first Chinese boxing gold medalist for the 2008 Olympics.

Financial Times Magazine

Sim Chi Yin photographed Zu Shiming, the first Chinese boxing gold medalist for the 2008 Olympics.

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Sim Chi Yin, 2010 HR Fellow, featured on Newsweek
"Waiting for Justice in Beijing"
Many Chinese citizens travel long distances to seek justice in Beijing courts. However, when they arrive many are unable to afford accommodation during their stay, sleeping outside until their day in court. View whole story here.

Sim Chi Yin, 2010 HR Fellow, featured on Newsweek

"Waiting for Justice in Beijing"

Many Chinese citizens travel long distances to seek justice in Beijing courts. However, when they arrive many are unable to afford accommodation during their stay, sleeping outside until their day in court. View whole story here.

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#Sim Chi Yin  #MF Human Rights Program 
Sim Chi Yin, 2010 HR Fellow, has published new photo essay, “Boxing in Burma.” 

Sim Chi Yin, 2010 HR Fellow, has published new photo essay, “Boxing in Burma.” 

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