Amy Li uses the front space of her father's 30-year-old button shop in Manhattan's Chinatown as a place to showcase local artwork. The shared space has helped both Amy and her father- button customers are intrigued by the artwork, and Amy helps her father

Amy Li uses the front space of her father's 30-year-old button shop in Manhattan's Chinatown as a place to showcase local artwork. The shared space has helped both Amy and her father — button customers are intrigued by the artwork, and Amy helps her father translate from Chinese to English.

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This shirt first caught the reporter's attention to the He Zhen Snap Button Company in Manhattan's Chinatown neighborhood.

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Amy Li's father has been running the He Zhen Snap Button Company for the last 30 years.

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Amy Li renovated the front of her father's button shop store front to curate emerging, local artists. Amy says since sharing the space with her father, a new crop of clientele have come into the button shop- customers coming for the buttons and for the artwork.

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Since sharing her father's store front to curate modern artwork, Amy Li says she's also been able to help her father translate for customers. Mr. Li operates his button shop in the back-half of the store.

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Amy Li curates modern artwork in the front of her father's 30-year-old button shop in New York's Chinatown neighborhood. She says "I wouldn’t have succeeded if I was in just the typical white-wall, white-box gallery, because no one would want to come in and talk to me. But people here, they see all these buttons, and they ask, 'What is this?' They have no idea what’s going on, so I enjoy explaining it to them.”

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Alina Simone

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