1994 — student award of excellence
Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, Shelley is a freelance photographer with a BA in Journalism from San Francisco State University. She is a member of the Photo Advisory Board and volunteer for Zanmi Lakay, a non-profit dedicated to improving the quality of life for current and former street children in Haiti. Her travels have taken her to Haiti, Central America, Asia, Europe and Australia. She has been published in Need, World Vision, Wired, The Sunday Independent, The Australian Weekly, The Washington Post, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The International Herald Tribrune, ESPN News and Forbes.com. She has documented events for Litquake, The New Yorker, Men's Vogue, House & Garden, Incisive Media and Social Planets. Shelley lives in San Francisco and makes frequent trips to her family's farm in Modoc County, Northern California.
Like many Asian immigrant women, Lily Chen's life consists of two cultures. Though she is raised by traditional Chinese parents, Lily, 17, is also heavily influenced by the American environment outside of her home in San Francisco, California. Lily's family immigrated to California from China ten years ago.
As she gets older, the cultural gap between Lily and her parents widens. Lily's life at Mission High School in San Francisco is much like any other American teenager. But this lifestyle is something she keeps from her parents who do not condone it. Though her parents have made it clear that she is not allowed to date, she has been dating for over a year now. This is one of the many examples of how Lily deals with the colliding ideas between two cultural influences.