This portrait of the Low family illustrates the effects immigration restrictions had on Chinese families prior to the major immigration reforms of 1965. Lin Low was an immigrant whose WWII service enabled him to naturalize as a citizen. He brought over his wife and two of his children but inadequate documentation prevented his first daughter Moo Gee from joining them. In the photograph Moo Gee and her husband and children are pasted into the picture in order to bring the whole family together. It would be twenty years before the Lows saw Moo Gee again.
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