Dying To Live
A Story of U.S. Immigration in an Age of Global Apartheid
Photographs by Mizue Aizeki

Mizue Aizeki

Mizue Aizeki is a documentary photographer. Her work has appeared in a variety of publications including Colorlines, The Progressive, L.A. Weekly, The Wall Street Journal, Z Magazine, and The Nation. She has also exhibited her work in several venues, such as the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts in San Francisco. Mizue was born in Japan.

At the age of two, she and the rest of her family migrated to New York, where she was raised. In her early-20s, Mizue moved to Los Angeles, where she enrolled at the University of Calfornia, Los Angeles (UCLA), from which she received a BA in geography and a MA in urban and regional planning (with a focus on community organizing). It was during this time that Mizue became a political activist. Following graduation, Mizue worked for a many years as a researcher and strategist for a labor union with a very heavy immigrant membership. In addition to being the mother of two young girls, she continues to be a social justice activist, working on matters related to migrant and worker rights, and anti-racism.  She is also a board member of Families For Freedom, a New York-based multi-ethnic defense network by and for immigrants facing and fighting deportation.

Her documentary photography work has included projects on Palestinian refugees in the Israeli-occupied West Bank and Gaza, immigrant deportees and their families, taxi worker organizing in New York City, and Mexican migrants in Poughkeepsie, NY.