A Moment of Beauty: Betal Nut Girls
Betel Nut Girls are girls hired to attract customers at stands selling betel nuts popular in Taiwan (especially among the labor class), where some people chew them as gum. The phenomenon was born after rapid economic development and radical political improvement in Taiwan. Betel Nuts (Girls) are partially prohibited by Taiwan government due to environmental damage caused by betel nut farming and the illegal hiring of under-age girls.
Chen Chin-Pao went to the Department of Photography of School of Visual Arts in New York in 1996, and earned his degree of BFA with an award for outstanding Achievement three years later. Chen got his MFA degree from School of Fine Arts, Taipei National University of the Arts in 2013. His latest ongoing project, “Ordinary Household”, is dedicated to depict contemporary Taiwanese domestic life. Chen was awarded The Overseas Photographer Award of The 26th Higashikawa award at 2008. He lives and works in New Taipei City, Taiwan.
[ Part of the IPA HONG KONG & TAIWAN SHOWCASE ]