Handmade Heritage is a documentary series, focused on the effort to explore, honor, and preserve old-world customs passed down through family lineage in tactile ways—a simple concept with deep roots. One of my greatest regrets is not having the chance to photograph my grandmother’s hands making zongzi 粽子 in her Chinatown apartment before she became too arthritic. I’ve always looked at my grandparents as living relics and realized too late that as the first generation to immigrate to America, they were the time capsules of our family’s history, carrying ancestral traditions and anchoring cultural holidays.
In modern society, we no longer live in multi-generational units. These time-honored practices formerly passed from generation to generation have begun to fade as we move further from our countries of origin. Handmade Heritage is a small preservation of what will become the yesterdays in the stories of tomorrow.
Photography, props, styling: Tiffany Luong | Talent: Luong/Chin Family | Food Preparation: Allen Luong + Melissa Chin
Tiffany Luong is a Los Angeles-based lifestyle photographer with roots in family documentary photography. Capturing the chaos and the calm, she specializes in kids/family experiences, visual ethnographies, health & human services, travel stories and presenting people in their best light. She is a thoughtful partner with brands who have a story to tell. She offers a pathway to deepen connections with clients, culture, the earth, and humanity. Tiffany’s personal work focuses on themes of cultural preservation, family history, and intergenerational healing.
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