They try to create a “home away from home”. Even though they have left their country in search of “the American dream”, they long for home and try to bring bits of it with them. This is what I witnessed while photographing the Ethiopian community in the United States, specifically those residing in the Washington D.C. and Virginia area. There is a sense of nostalgia, and of wanting to still keep a part of who they are, while at the same time integrating to the U.S. society as immigrants.
This is an ongoing project that looks into identity among Ethiopian immigrants and their connection to their homeland while integrating to the American way of life.