Jigme stands outside his residence in Phillipsburg, NJ. He rents a bed from a family of four.
Jigme works the early morning shift at the Mobil Gas station a few blocks away from where he lives. He makes the five-minute commute, there and back, six days a week. Here, he is pictured with another Mustangi worker in the rest area.
Jigme's duties often consist of pumping gas and cleaning cars.
Inside the rest area, Mustangi workers have taped up images of religious Buddhist figures.
Jigme and his coworkers stop at a Popeyes for lunch.
A copy of The Star-Spangled Banner and the Pledge of Allegiance hang in the office of the Mobil Gas station's supervisor, who is also a Nepali immigrant.
Timecards show the names of Nepali and Tibetan workers.
Jigme begins his short walk home after his 12-hour shift.
Jigme and another Mustangi worker share a Nepali meal together.
A photo of Jigme, his wife, and two of their three children hangs in the dining room.
Jigme looks at a photo of himself restoring an ancient cave painting in a village in Mustang, Nepal.
Jigme looks fondly at old photos of his art conservation work in Mustang.
At the end of the day, Jigme makes his bed on a pullout couch in the living room. He has to be at the gas station by 6 a.m. for another 12-hour shift.