Photo by Duc Le

Photo by Duc Le

Emma Marie Chiang is an independent filmmaker and photographer and proud San Francisco native. Emma focuses on documenting stories of displaced communities and cares about the rights of marginalized people. She believes storytelling has the power to plant seeds of curiosity, dialogue, inclusion, reconciliation and hope between individuals and communities.

Emma recently completed a two-year long documentary project called Coming Home: The 990 Pacific Relocation Story, in partnership the nonprofit, Chinatown Community Development Center (CCDC) capturing the stories of Chinatown public housing residents through a building renovation. She has also produced a series of short stories of San Francisco and Bay Area residents in her column, San Francisco Explored.

She received her B.A. in photojournalism and minor in Holistic Health at San Francisco State University, Spring 2016. She has interned at the San Francisco Business Times, San Francisco Examiner, SF Weekly and participated in the Missouri Photo Workshop, Cuba68. Her work has been featured online and in print for various publications and clients such as the AP, SF Chronicle, SF Gate, BuzzFeed News,, El Tecolote, Instagram, among others. Emma was awarded second place for the 2017 Multimedia Hearst Journalism Award for her story about a nine-year-old girl living with a rare bone disease, published by the San Francisco Examiner.

She loves community storytelling and is a contributor to Everyday Bay Area Instagram collective and neighborhood papers in San Francisco.

“I look for glimmers of light and beauty in the mundane and extraordinary stories that need to be told,” Emma said.