College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences

Yo Soy/I Am Chinatown, Salinas daguerreotypes by Binh Danh on Exhibit at VPA Gallery in CAHSS 504 through November 11, 2022

woman carries small dog in chinatown, salinas ca

October 31, 2022

Yo soy Chinatown, Salinas/I Am Chinatown, Salinas, Daguerreotypes by Binh Danh on exhibit at the VPA Gallery in CAHSS 504.: A public art project and exhibition in partnership with the Visual & Public Art Dept. @ CSUMB made possible in part by a grant from The Creative Work Fund, a program of the Walter and Elise Haas Fund that is also generously supported by The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.

About Exhibition: Yo Soy/ I Am Chinatown, Salinas features a series of daguerreotype portraits that bring us face-to-face with the socio-cultural concerns, histories, and stories of Chinatown, Salinas. Danh’s new body of work includes a public art installation, collaborative community engagement, and an art exhibition that features a 19th Century photographic process as both a tool for empowerment and a medium for examining socio-cultural and political issues that affect marginalized communities. Danh’s work explores the historical context of Chinatown, Salinas through community sensitive work that employs an important first hand perspective in order to identify the complexities of revitalization and cultural preservation efforts in the context of racial disparities, exclusionary ordinances, and the criminalization of neighborhoods, communities, and public space.

Lead Artist: Binh Danh
Artist's  Website:
Creative Work Fund Principal Investigator: VPA Associate Professor, Angelica Muro

The Visual & Public Art Gallery is located:
CSUMB College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences, Building 504 (Gallery access in Lobby Atrium)
California State University, Monterey Bay
3050 Divarty Street, Seaside, CA. 93955
Gallery Hours: 12-4pm, Monday – Friday 
or by Appointment (

Affiliated Programs: 
Yo Soy Chinatown Salinas |  Public Art Installation

  • Location: 21 Soledad Street, Salinas, CA 93901
  • On view: October 1, 2022 – January 15, 2023