It has never been easier for an idea to travel across the world than it is today. Sometimes, the most powerful of messages can be contained in a single, simple phrase. That’s why now more than ever before, it is paramount that we reflect upon the beauty, promise, and hope that comes through cross-cultural exchange. Here at Bright Side, we are committed to tearing down the barriers dividing us by shining a light on the positive impact immigrants have on the world.
Every year, thousands of people come to the United States from all corners of the globe. Some are pursuing their careers, others following loved ones, and still others just looking for a new adventure. Whatever their reasons may be, what these people have in common is the potential to share. With us, they share their passions, their creativity, and their spirit. At Bright Side, we return the favor by sharing their stories with the world. Every other week, we publish a profile highlighting one person’s journey to the United States, delving into their past life and exploring how they have adjusted to American culture. Most importantly, we focus on the contributions these people have made to their new communities.
We want to show the world that every culture has its own beauty to offer, which is why we recently decided to team up with Matthew Hoffman, the founder of the “You Are Beautiful” campaign. Together, as a part of his main exhibition called "Find Your Way", we sent out 100 wooden panels, each with Hoffman’s trademark phrase inscribed in a different language, to immigrants living across the country with the instruction to design the board in a way that represented their own culture and their journey to the United States. Through this project, we aim to show that beauty has no borders.
This project wouldn't have been possible without our kickass immigrant & 1st Gen American participants:
Andre Felipe Ribeiro
Anna M Olsztynska
Armin Vit & Bryony Gomez-Palacio
Bojana Ilic - BOJITT
Farrah & Jeremy Blake
Gonzalo Palavecino Moreno
Manuel Torres Kortright
Pei Chi Yang
Tobias van Schneider
Veronica Corzo Duchardt
Won J You