Jennifer Carpenter, a 2010-2011 Lewis Hine Documentary Fellow from the Center for Documentary Studies, spent 10 months working with the Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center (BCNC) in Boston, MA. For one of her documentary projects, Jennifer chose to focus on a community of retirees who met twice a week for an afternoon of ballroom dance.

Generation Dance  is a story about social dancing from a generation that witnessed a whirlwind of war, revolution and nation-building. By interweaving 20th century Chinese ballroom dance history with personal accounts from Chinatown’s residents, this story offers unique insight into the value of self-expression & community-building through dance.

Generation Dance will be exhibited at the Wong/Yee Memorial Gallery from June 15 – October 31.

To learn more about the exhibition and see photos from the opening, visit:


Alphabet Project Exhibit

Jennifer Carpenter, a 2010-2011 Lewis Hine Fellow from the Center for Documentary Studies, spent 10 months working with the Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center (BCNC) in Boston, Massachusetts. Inspired by the Literacy Through Photography

program, Jennifer conducted six workshops with children at BCNC to produce community alphabets. Each class produced a 26-photograph series corresponding to the 26 letters of the English alphabet. The goal of the Alphabet Project was to guide students toward a new appreciation of the power of photography as a catalyst from which to better understand their community.













The Alphabet Project’s youngest students admire their photographs of life in Chinatown. Carpenter led more than eighty students in The Alphabet Project, with participants ranging from ages five to seventy. Photo by Kye Liang.


The Alphabet Project is on display at BCNC and can also be viewed online:



















The Alphabet Project
Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center
38 Ash Street, Boston, MA 02111
Mon–Fri, 8:30 a.m.–9 p.m.; Saturday, 12–10 p.m.