Corky Lee devoted his life to making sure the Chinese and Asian American story was documented. He was born in Queens, NY in 1947 and passed away in his home state in 2021 due to Covid. When one looks back in history, at almost every important Asian American event, Corky Lee is behind the camera. He photographed the protests for justice for Vincent Chin in Detroit, he documented the unfair housing conditions in New York City; but his photographs did not just focus on highlighting the negatives that the Asian American communities were facing. Corky Lee also documented their triumphs, such as photographing Sonya Thomas, after her victory at the Coney Island hot dog eating contest. His work is instrumental to understanding the Asian American experience, which is why we say thank you to Corky Lee!
To see more of Corky’s work and how it impacted our community, stop by the museum between 10 am - 4 pm Thursday-Saturdays.