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Mimi Kuo-Deemer

China

  • Geographic Location: Asia
  • Languages: English
  • Age: 41

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Mimi Kuo-Deemer is a photographer who works throughout Asia and the United States. She has worked for the Stanford Daily, Agence-France Press and Reuters News Agency before becoming a freelance editorial photographer in 1995. Her portraits and documentary photography explore the intersections of gender, culture, spirituality and social and economic change. Her work includes essays chronicling the conditions faced by Chinese women in literacy, labor, migration, drug addiction, and concepts of beauty; portraits of Tibetan artisans and their work; and Bhutanese nuns in pursuit of spiritual enlightenment. She also works frequently with the United Nations family, and has been contracted by UNDP and UNESCO. Beginning in 2005, UNESCO assigned her to photograph people's cultural practices for a forthcoming Global Heritage web portal. Her assignments have taken her to Azerbaijan, Bhutan, China, Cambodia, India, Italy, Malaysia, the Maldives, Sri Lanka, Tibet, the United States and Uzbekistan. Originally from Tucson, Arizona, she has lived in the San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles, and New York City. She received her bachelor of arts degree in American Studies with a minor in East Asian Studies from Stanford University in 1994. She currently lives in Beijing, China, where she is also a co-founder and teacher at Yoga Yard, the city's first dedicated hatha yoga studio.

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