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| Amid Italy's coronavirus emergency, I have chosen to continue working by photographing and interviewing people locked in their homes in Milan, in compliance with the quarantine imposed by the government to fight COVID-19. I left lights outside their windows, disinfecting them first. The subjects then brought them inside, and from outside I gave directions on how to position them. To take these photos, I've complied with all the necessary safeguards.
JJ Sun is the spokesperson for the association of young Chinese entrepreneurs in Italy, an agglomeration that makes half a billion euros a year. Yet he and others in the Chinese community were the first to shutter shops and activities in Milan's Chinatown, putting themselves in quarantine: “It’s not because of racism that we Chinese closed. We could bear it. The truth is that, because we are closer to China, we knew from the very first moment that the only way to survive was to stay locked up at home.” He and his family have barricaded themselves in the house, with an escort of 500 masks, necessary also for the coming months. He tries to continue to run his business over the phone; he's always talking to somebody. He tries to keep things going because he doesn’t expect the quarantine to end soon. “I am Italian by birth, second- generation Chinese. I have Italian friends, I eat Italian, I went to Italian schools. But the Italian way of doing this will kill us.” Sun is particularly worried because he believes that not all Italians have taken the lockdown seriously enough. “I’m praying that everything will go well, but in my opinion it will take a long time.” Follow @natgeointhefield
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