"Even in the most diverse cities in the country, stereotypes and clichés about ethnic groups leave little room for individuality. A person can be automatically judged by their perceived ethnic identity— even when that assumption is incorrect. Photographer Tomoko Sawada grapples with an especially complicated ethnic problem: the assignment of Asian identity based on physical features. What makes someone seem more Japanese or more Chinese? What factors make strangers decide on these attributes? These are the questions that Sawada tackles in her exhibition Facial Signature, currently on view at Santa Monica's ROSEGALLERY."
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