Corky Lee on My Mind: Dean Wong

Dean Wong's Cell Phone Boy

Cell phone boy (2020, Seattle, WA) 

"I first met Corky during a media conference at the University of California in the early 1980s," says Wong. "He took me under his wing and served as a friend, mentor and inspiration. We were both Chinatown photographers. I was still learning the craft of photographer and I looked up to him."


Dean Wong is an artist based in Seattle, WA. Born and raised in Seattle Chinatown, he has photographed his community for over 40 years. His book, Seeing the Light: Four Decades in Chinatown, earned the Before Columbus Foundation’s American Book Award in 2017. He has photographed Chinatowns in Seattle, Vancouver B.C., San Francisco, Oakland, New York and Portland.

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