alicezhengAlice Zheng grew up in Brooklyn, New York. She is a sophomore attending Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School.

Her hobbies include photography and painting. She began studying photography at the Studio Museum in Harlem. She explores her surroundings by incorporating her heritage and cultural identity.

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Heritage is an important part of our lives. As a first generation American in my family, I’ve learned that balancing two different cultures can be difficult. With this, I keep myself aware of accepting and embracing both of the cultures that I am part of. This series examines the contrast within the two cultures I’m a part of, and my awareness of these contrasts as I attempt to harmonize these aspects of my life. One may be so influenced by their surroundings that they no longer reside with their heritage. I chose to photograph different aspects that come from the two sides of my culture to show the differences, but also the similarities that emerge. I hope to preserve both parts of my identity, allowing them to be prevalent in my future.

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