Chinatown Pretty is a storytelling project, founded by photographer Andria Lo and writer Valerie Luu, that documents senior citizens’ street style in Chinatowns. What qualifies as Chinatown Pretty? It combines urban utilitarianism with unexpected sartorial choices that reveal resilience, personal histories, and cultural values. Since 2014, they’ve photographed and interviewed hundreds of the seniors in historic Chinatowns across North America. The project is not only a celebration of this unique style, but a way to share the seniors’ immigration stories and well-earned wisdoms. Their first book was published Fall 2020 by Chronicle Books.
Valerie Luu is a journalist and one half of the Vietnamese pop-up restaurant Rock Paper Scissors. She lives in San Francisco.
Raised in Alaska and Texas, Andria Lo is a freelance editorial and commercial photographer now based in the San Francisco Bay Area. She has a background in studio art with a degree from the University of California Berkeley. Whether capturing portraits on-location or products in the studio, Andria brings a design-forward approach and calm presence to any project with specialties including product and creative still life, food culture, skincare and beauty, lifestyle and portraiture.