Refugee, thread on cotton (cross-stitch), 10" x 13.25," 2019 - 2020

Mayly, graphite on pink donut box, 25" x 30.5," 2019 - 2020

Hao Vuong Huynh (Mom), thread on cotton (cross-stitch), 10" x 13.25," 2019 - 2020

DJ Hunny, graphite on pink donut box, 25" x 30.5," 2019 - 2020

Trang, graphite on pink donut box, 25" x 30.5," 2019 - 2020

Chef T, graphite on pink donut box, 25" x 30.5," 2019 - 2020

Rithy Panh, thread on cotton (cross-stitch), 10" x 13.25," 2019 - 2020

PHUNG HUYNH

Viet Thanh Nguyen, thread on cotton (cross-stitch), 10" x 13.25," 2019 - 2020

Phung Xuan Huynh, thread on cotton (cross-stitch), 10" x 13.25," 2019 - 2020

Khmerican: Drawing on Pink Donut Boxes and Tracing the Stories of Cambodian and Vietnamese Refugees

Informed by my family’s refugee history and inspired by personal research and interviews, my drawings on pink donut boxes and cross-stitched personalized California license plates unpack the complexities of immigration, displacement, and cultural assimilation. Each is meant to be a sensitive portrayal of a unique personal story. Close to 90% of California’s donut shops are mom-and-pop businesses run by Cambodian immigrants or Cambodian Americans (Khmericans). The trend that links pink boxes with donuts can be traced back to the Khmerican donut ecosystem.

Mr. Rogers, graphite on pink donut box, 25" x 30.5," 2019 - 2020

Visoth Ouk, thread on cotton (cross-stitch), 10" x 13.25," 2019 - 2020

Hoa (Dad), graphite on pink donut box, 25" x 30.5," 2019 - 2020