Jaclyn Cao is a Chicago-based artist working with photography and film. Growing up, she never felt properly represented as an
Asian-American in Hollywood or U.S. popular culture until the age of 20. While studying photography at Roosevelt University and a semester at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, she produced several photography series on the struggles of personal identity in East and Southeast Asian cultures. Currently, Jaclyn is expanding her 2019 documentary series, I am Asian. I am American., to visualizing the foreign influences on Asian culture around the world. Her work is largely influenced by Chinese cinema, Korean cinema, Korean music, and Vietnamese culture. To develop her abilities, Jaclyn is experimenting with cinematography, film directing, light, music production, sculpture, and textiles.