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BACKGROUND INFO ON SHOT: Shot taken at Manzanar, mid day. I was inside watching a video about internment when I saw the light outside the window. I ditched my friends and went outside to do what I had to do.

I'd be lying to you if I were to tell you that it wasn't beautiful that day. I think that even Manzanar had its beautiful days. But imagine waking up to this every morning, and knowing that this is all there is. And when the summer comes, the clouds gone, the dandelions wilted and blown to dust.

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Continuation of my last two posts on the Manzanar Japanese-American Internment Camp. Please check out "Manzanar Concentration Camp" and "Shikataganai". Without reading my other two posts, this is just a pretty landscape. I hope you don't settle for that.

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This one will be brief.

I think that growing up as an Asian American today is a whole lot easier. In my life, I can think of maybe two times that I have faced outright racism, and at those times it was really more out of ignorance than spite. When I talk to my Asian American friends, be they Chinese, Japanese, Filipino, or whatever, most of them will agree with me that for the most part, people treat AA's fairly nowadays. We still have stereotypes, but just by looking at the stereotypes one can at least see that a lot of the hatred has gone away (all Chinese people are good at Math, for example, vs. "No chinks or dogs allowed" signs posted in restaurant windows).

The problem with having it as easy as we had it, in comparison to our ancestors, is that it tends to make us callous to our own history. Let me tell you this: I am downright disgusted at the Japanese American club at my school for its turnout at Manzanar this year. We originally had 25+ people signed up to go, and of the 20, only 5 ended up going. C'mon. What the fuck.

I understand the necessity of getting good grades, doing your homework, and all of that good stuff, but the Manzanar trip is probably the Nikkei Student Union's most important event of the year. This is something that you can, perish the thought, do your homework and studying ahead of time for. So what we have is 100+ members, Japanese American and other, and of that only five people show up? Ridiculous.

Sorry; I don't often vent about this, but it bothered me that my Japanese American friends did not make more effort to come to this event. Shikataganai, I guess. Not caring enough to do your homework early.

So with my photography, my hope is that I can kick the ass of whoever doesn't care. I want to make them care. I want them to see my pictures and say, "I really missed out on something special. Something big." And they did. This year, they did. And if they miss out again next year, I'll kick their asses in person.

And to the people who aren't Japanese American, to the people who may have never even learned anything meaningful about JA's internment, or about the shit Asian Americans had to go through in the history of this country, my hope is that my photography can at least help to make it more tangible to them. And my goal isn't to depress. I'm an upbeat kind of guy. But if I can show at least one person that what happens to one group affects us all, then my job will be done. Because at the end of the day, it's too easy to say: this is a problem that Japanese Americans faced circa 1943. I want to change that statement through my photography. I want people to stop and say: "this is a problem with my country. This is a problem with America."

- Chui
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xelanesque Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012  Student Digital Artist
You know, After 9/11 the government tried to do the SAME THING thing to the American Muslims, as well Arab-Americans including those who were not Muslim. And its disgusting, the same guy who suggested it on 2001 still believes it should still be done even today.
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JohnDamen Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Some people say that those who don't learn from history are doomed to repeat it. Others will tell us that there is no point looking back, that we must always look to the future.

Whatever opinion a person holds, I just hope that what happened here is never forgotten.
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dc58 Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing work! Congratulation!!
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HorsesRule8 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2010  Student General Artist
Hi:

This is wonderful! May I please use it on this site: www.ponybox.com? I will fully credit you and show you the finish product!

Thank you and have a great day or night!
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lauravillegas97 Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2009
this is photoshoped...right?
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Romylyn Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2009
Incredibly stunning !!!! :)
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Ancient-Hoofbeats Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2008  Student General Artist
You've been featured in an article about nature photography! [link]
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moredesign Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2007
Porra tu tem mó orelhão.
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Miss-CharmedAnime Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2007   Writer
Wow, it looks so beautiful!
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YagaK Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
Simple beauty of a natural landscape with a great lightning - gotta be :+fav:.
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airmangreen Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2006   Photographer
That's gorgeous. I get the feeling I might make a trip to this place.
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aznxpsycho Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2006   Traditional Artist
*add favorites*
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almostadrian Featured By Owner May 27, 2006
very nice photo. Like a fantasy place...
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catchmeasifa11 Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2006
"I understand the necessity of getting good grades, doing your homework, and all of that good stuff, but the Manzanar trip is probably the Nikkei Student Union's most important event of the year. This is something that you can, perish the thought, do your homework and studying ahead of time for. So what we have is 100+ members, Japanese American and other, and of that only five people show up? Ridiculous."

I totally agree with that. Even though I'm still a senior in high school and all people do is study study study, I agree that people miss opportunties to really get out and see what the real world is. I'm sorry that only 5 people showed up and I think that's really lame too. It's a good thing that you went though, it shows how much you really care about your ancestor's past and treatment of american asians.

I did a report on the Japanese internment camps my sophomore year and learned a lot from that so I know how horrible it was for everyone who went through that. Stupid government.

I really like the picture though. I like the lighting effect of the sky and the overall color effect. :D
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PsychoticChibiiUsa Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2006  Hobbyist Photographer
:wow::faint: This is beautiful! The colors...they all flow so perfectly with eachother! I'm adding this to my favs and Wishlist :)
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jrsaldana Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2006
awesone work
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OibyrdsDDs Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2006
Hi There! You have just won yourself an ODD (oibyrd's daily deviations)! :winner: congrats! :clap:
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ShionHatori Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2006
A great picture!
The contrast looks very inspired!
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Vive-Le-Rock Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2006  Student General Artist
:+fav: great colors, did you edit this in photoshop?
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MurasakiNeko Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2005   Traditional Artist
These are excellent-- the whole series-- I'm just leaving one comment to save time-- but . . . wow.

The depth to which you feel for these photos is obvious and underscored by your descriptions, and you really evoke a mood with both.

I'm not Japanese-American, but I have a really deep interest in this period of American history. I found this searching specifically for art having to do with internment camps. I was not disappointed (and, by the way, I totally would have gone on your trip, if non-Japanese-Americans were invited and I went to your school . . . I've never been to Manzanar but I feel obligated to sometime).

I think that growing up as an Asian American today is a whole lot easier. What this series of pictures evoked from me, really, was that, above the bleak setting that was then-- the problem with America in its past-- is still illuminated by an absolutely gorgeous sky. It's like there's a hope, a knowing, that someday, things will be better. Even if the present is a dusty, closed-in camp, there's still the sun and the rolling clouds. Things have gotten better, if only a little bit-- the prejudice starts to drift away-- and hopefully it will continue to move that direction.

Anyway. I was moved, if that wasn't obvious.
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jarofjuice Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2005
I am absolutely stunned
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WindCrest Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2005   Photographer
The light and the contrast you created certainly make this image. Although I haven't used curves to manipulate the sky in my images like this, I certainly must try. Thanks for the info!
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mariyaodessa Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2005
Asian friends ROCK...lol i am ukrainian and when i lived there i had 2 korean friends and here I have 7....they are awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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ichity Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2005
That is so amazing. Oh my..
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nahajka Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2005
:wow: That's great work! It must be :+fav: !!
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JustLovely Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2005
Okay first I will comment on the photograph. The colors are just so beautiful and stunning! I love it so much. ^_^. The grass and the sky really work well together. Overall, yet another amazing photograph.

And now I will comment on your description :)
Although I am still young, I do agree with all you have said about Asian Americans having it a bit easier today than our ancestors did. I am not Japanese but Chinese (Taiwan), but I understand what you mean.
'In my life, I can think of maybe two times that I have faced outright racism, and at those times it was really more out of ignorance than spite.' I would have to agree that that has happened to me as well, more out of ignorance than spite. I admire your pride in your pride in your ethnicity as I have pride in it as well. :) You seem like a cool person to get to know :)
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dchui Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2005
Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts... if you are young and you are still willing ot think about this, then all the better. Many people never realize it, or don't realize it until they are very old - myself included.

Hope to hear more from yah,

take it easy! :hug:

- Chui
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JustLovely Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2005
Haha...well you seem very far from old :P Assuming that icon is a picture of you ^_^. Yeah, I have realized that even though I am young, lol. Anyways... :) thanks for the add ^^. Haha. Ttyl.
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mightyflup Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2005  Hobbyist Photographer
omg I haven't commented this one before? bad me! It's so perfect WOAAH . Instant :+fav: :)
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Blade707 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2005  Student Photographer
:wow:

were have you been, you should have been on deviantART many years ago, this is talent iv been looking for, iv finally found it someone who is willing to replay to ever comment he receives and that every photograph he takes is well worth submitting no matter how much manipulation.

this one it just exelent, iv suddenly had the urge to do landscape photography and invest in a wide angle lens converter and start travelling the Australian landscape.

i do look forward to seeing more landscape photography from you Daniel.

take care :salute:

have yourself a great weekend.
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dchui Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2005
Thank you sir!

I must be very honest with you: I'm sure I've lost many potential friends and DAers specifically because I do not reply to every comment I receive. I'm very, very busy and I dont'spend much time on Deviant Art - mostly I just post and occassionally give advice when I can.

Now that school is out hopefully I can catch up on some replies, but my heart is in taking the photos, not chatting about them. I appreciate all feedback but just be aware that I can't always reply - however I'll usually always reply if there is a question or something other than praise.

Good day!

- Chui
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Blade707 Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2005  Student Photographer
great, what ever you think is your highest priority which seems to be mine as well, i support you :thumbsup:

till next time buddy.
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newtone Featured By Owner May 22, 2005
specatcular!
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DigitalJinx Featured By Owner May 18, 2005
That is just fab
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aseariel Featured By Owner May 17, 2005  Hobbyist General Artist
wow. i've talked more than my fair share on the past two images, but the dandelions strike me here. they're one of my favourite flowers (or weeds, if you prefer that title), and a part of their meaning to me is tied to persistance, love, and the like. but in a place where not even dandelions can survive... i can't imagine.
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dchui Featured By Owner May 18, 2005
Thank you so much for the feedback... I read it and it made me smile, because truly - you have done my work justice with your interpretation of its meaning =) . I always enjoy reading different peoples' interpretation of my images, because it's great that different people see such different things.

On a less artistic note, a few times I've had people really really go deep on my artwork (to making statements about humanity out of a picture of a cat, for example), in which case I must stop and laugh - because if you know me in real life, I think you'd say I'm anything but deep!

I will have to get back to you on whether they are actually dandelions or not... it's possible that they are something else - but I am pretty certain that they are weeds of some sort!

- Chui
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aseariel Featured By Owner May 18, 2005  Hobbyist General Artist
hm. well, they look kinda like dandelions, and honestly i don't really care for the color except in weeds ^^;

glad it made you smile. :)
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arkanista Featured By Owner May 17, 2005
how did you do these clouds ?? this is film or digital ... ?
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dchui Featured By Owner May 17, 2005
All digital. To create contrast in clouds, take the original picture (where there should already be contrast) and then drop the black point in your curves while keeping the white point locked. This is a quick way to bring out contrast in the sky.

- Chui
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arkanista Featured By Owner May 16, 2005
WOW again ! stunning colours... !! just breathtaking...
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NothingSafe Featured By Owner May 16, 2005   Photographer
Absolutely FANTASTIC!!! ^_^
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Grei Featured By Owner May 14, 2005
reminds me of a place i used to live (if you can belive that). Good shot with very nice, bold colors.
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dchui Featured By Owner May 14, 2005
Gotta know, where did you live?

- Chui
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Grei Featured By Owner May 14, 2005
Klamath River California. Almost 15 miles walk to the Oregon border in a farming community of about 250 people.
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Tigerwolf350z Featured By Owner May 13, 2005
Amazing shot! :D You Ditched you're friends :P
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goteki Featured By Owner May 13, 2005
This is an outstanding shot. Good tones, the midday lighting looks outstanding, yet so dark and gloomy. But in all honesty your description in pretty stupid. I'm not a racist person in anyway, i'm a white male from the US, who has also been shot down by racism, I pretty much think anyone that takes offense to anything of that kind, is pretty pathetic. Quit ur bitching basically is what i'm trying to say, I have asian friends, black friends, spanish friends, white friends, old friends, young friends, who gives a shit. Ur photography isn't going to change the way people view racism around the country. Stop trying to be an individual. Everyone deals with it, no one is different from everyone else, if you really have a problem with it, go up and beat the shit out of someone who has hurt you by they're racist comments. No need to write stories about it, and "fight for your rights" just straight up be a man, and quit ur bitching. You could have had a fav outta me, but that was the most pathetic thing i've ever read, just made no fuckin sense.
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dchui Featured By Owner May 14, 2005
checked out your gallery, awesome stuff!

Cheers!

- Chui
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goteki Featured By Owner May 14, 2005
Thank you.
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morgueparty Featured By Owner May 13, 2005
You talented, talented man.

Wherever you are, I hope you are able to witness that again in your lifetime.
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UnfinishedSympathy Featured By Owner May 13, 2005
The light is fantastic !! :)
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