Center for International Collections to Host Work by Photographer Pete Pin

Photo by Pete Pin. Used by permission.

Beginning April 27th, Alden Library’s Center for International Collections (CIC) will host a special photo exhibit to showcase photographer Pete Pin’s collection “Displaced: The Cambodian Diaspora in America.” The exhibit is sponsored by Ohio University’s Center for Southeast Asian Studies. An opening reception for the exhibit will be held on Friday April 27 at 5pm in the CIC.

Mr. Pin’s photography collection focuses on the experiences of Cambodian refugees living in the United States. His images show the plights, struggles and triumphs of Cambodian immigrants settled in the Bronx area of New York City. Mr. Pete Pin is a documentary photographer based in Brooklyn, New York.  He was born in a refugee camp and eventually immigrated to California where he was raised in Stockton and Long Beach.  He graduated magna cum laude with a BA in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley where he was awarded the Outstanding Thesis Award and has also attended the International Center of Photography in Manhattan.

On the collection:

“The Cambodian people are among the most heavily traumatized people in modern memory. They are the human aftermath of a cultural, political, and economic revolution by the Khmer Rouge that killed an estimated two million, nearly a third of the entire population, within a span of four years from 1975-1979. The entire backbone of society—educated professionals, artists, musicians and monks—were systematically executed in a brutal attempt to transform the entirety of Cambodian society to a classless rural collective of peasants. That tragedy casts a long shadow on the lives of Cambodians,”

wrote Pin in an online feature by Time magazine.