Shuran Huang 舒然

Photographer
     
Kids are finally back at school
Location: Washington D.C.
Nationality: Chinese
Biography: Shuran Huang 黃舒然 (she/her) is a Cantonese photographer based in Washington, D.C. Through moments of intimacy, her work focuses on politics, immigration, human rights, diaspora experiences, and interactions in between. She speaks fluent English,... MORE
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Kids are finally back at school
Copyright Shuran Huang 舒然 2023
Date of Work Sep 2021 - Sep 2021
Updated Dec 2021
Topics Documentary, Editorial, Journalism, Photography, Photojournalism
“I’m so anxious for my son’s health and safety all day that I wind up being more short-tempered than I want — sort of shooting for Fred Rogers and landing at, like, ‘Married . . . With Children’ ” says Peter Herman, 45, of Arlington, Va. “I think that’s what a lot of us are doing now.”

His son, Oscar, 6, started first grade three weeks ago, and Herman is hoping that, health concerns notwithstanding, the hours of separation will allow him to inch back toward Mister Rogers territory. Because his wife is a veterinarian who’s had to continue to work in-person throughout the pandemic, oversight of Oscar’s virtual schooling fell to Herman — a requirement that pushed Herman to leave his academic career as a theology professor and take a more flexible marketing job.

Herman misses teaching, but doesn’t trust that his son’s return to school is permanent. His niece in Pennsylvania had a recent covid exposure through her field hockey team. His wife’s boss sent a kid back for exactly one day before an outbreak was detected and a group of students was sent home to quarantine.

“It doesn’t feel stable and steady,” he says. “It feels like, ‘We’re doing this for now.’ ”
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