My paternal grandfather was twenty one-years-old when he arrived in San Francisco from Japan in 1906. He believed the quickest way to succeed in the world and become a respectable gentleman was to go to America.
As with millions of other immigrants, he was seeking "The American Dream"; where all men are created equal with freedom, prosperity, financial success and upward social mobility for all. "The Dream" is perceived to be attainable by everyone, regardless of origin.
In some ways, I am using my lens to see through his eyes. Like many of the immigrants I photograph today who have become the new political outcast, I can see that he endured the public fear and prejudice of a nation.
My images explore where the conflicts lie, between the idealism of the dream and the reality of being the "other."