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16th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest People
Friendship Beyond Cultural Bounds

At a time when cultural appropriation is a controversial issue among minorities in America, this portrait of three friends cuts through the din. Posing at the annual Asian Festival at Columbus, Ohio, a younger woman arrives wearing traditional Asian attire, flanked by her companions and cultural guides. It is a heartening group portrait, one that demonstrates the power of friendship to bridge cultural divides.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 05.2016
Date Uploaded: 07.2018
Photo Location: Columbus, Ohio, United States of America
Camera: ILCE-7M2
Copyright: © Dennis Chua