Sundays with the Htoos: April 17 2014 / by Lizzie Chen

I've been working on my long-term photo documentary project on the Htoo family for the past four years. I started this project in graduate school to capture the assimilation of Burmese refugees. I've continued to photograph the Htoo family well past my school project and now I am not sure what the project has turned into because they have assimilated pretty well.   When I am not traveling, I go their house on Sundays and just spend a few hours hanging with the kids or taking photos. I am so grateful that they welcomed me into their lives and the least I can return is give them prints.  My original black and white images "Strangers in A New Land" has been published in several media including Texas Observer. A gallery of select images are currently housed at the Asian American Resource Center. It was written about in The Daily Texan. It's been in different photo shows. Paw Htoo Raw, the mother recently gave birth to a baby girl. This photo was from April 2014 where she is still pregnant. With the recent addition of a baby girl to their family, I feel like this is a new phase in their lives. I've decided to show the color of their lives now that they've assimilated. I will be posting photos from my Sundays with the Htoo Family here on my blog going back from April to present day. 

I've been working on my long-term photo documentary project on the Htoo family for the past four years. I started this project in graduate school to capture the assimilation of Burmese refugees. I've continued to photograph the Htoo family well past my school project and now I am not sure what the project has turned into because they have assimilated pretty well.  

When I am not traveling, I go their house on Sundays and just spend a few hours hanging with the kids or taking photos. I am so grateful that they welcomed me into their lives and the least I can return is give them prints. 

My original black and white images "Strangers in A New Land" has been published in several media including Texas Observer. A gallery of select images are currently housed at the Asian American Resource Center. It was written about in The Daily Texan. It's been in different photo shows.

Paw Htoo Raw, the mother recently gave birth to a baby girl. This photo was from April 2014 where she is still pregnant. With the recent addition of a baby girl to their family, I feel like this is a new phase in their lives. I've decided to show the color of their lives now that they've assimilated. I will be posting photos from my Sundays with the Htoo Family here on my blog going back from April to present day. 

Grandma Htoo. Or Or's mother recently moved in with her family in Austin. 

Grandma Htoo. Or Or's mother recently moved in with her family in Austin. 

The boys were nervous about the arrival of their baby sister because they would have to help care for her. 

The boys were nervous about the arrival of their baby sister because they would have to help care for her.