Tag Kis Lub Hnub Tawm
“Tag Kis Lub Hnub Tawm,” in Hmong translates “Tomorrow The Sun Comes Out.”
This is a personal project dedicated to the artist’s parents. It is a photographic journey that explores their endeavors of gardening and farming; representing the extremely hard work and dedication to “make life possible.” In many Asian cultures; particularly those from Southeast Asian regions (not limited too), often known gardening as a daily activity because it was a way to work in a circumstance where an economy and/or opportunities do not simply exist. At young ages, children from Thailand and Laos are taught to plant and maintain crops miles away from their homes. They often spent nights there to watch over fields, not allowed to come back home until their job was finished. They would take long walks on bare foot and had little to no clothing.
“We did not sit around. We had to do our own gardening to make money. We lived an adult life from the moment we could walk and talk.” — Mother
Tag Kis Lub Hnub Tawm, hopes to explore the hard work amongst Southeast Asian culture and The Hmong People. Every year, new photographic journey entries will always be added to this now on-going archive. Chang dedicates himself to documenting every summer with his parents rented space for gardening, to preserve memories and love for their endeavors.