Photographer Ryan Stopera debuts book on Asian American identity

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Photographer Ryan Stopera debuts book on Asian American identity

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Minneapolis photographer Ryan Stopera struggled with his identity growing up as a mixed-race Chinese American, and didn’t feel a sense of community.

“It’s an isolating kind of feeling,” says Stopera, who is also a filmmaker, writer and educator.

Now the 38-year-old is releasing his third artist book, “Paper Son,” in hopes of expanding inclusion in the Asian American community. The book examines Asian American identity and masculinity, and interrogates how Asian Americans are affected by media representation.

“Paper Son” debuts Wednesday afternoon with a book sale and author talk at Public Functionary in the Northrup King Building at 1500 Jackson St. NE Studio 144, Minneapolis.

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