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Attend Pepperdine Libraries Discussion with Artist Phung Huynh

On Thursday, September 7, at 3 PM, Pepperdine Libraries will present a panel conversation with artist Phung Huynh, whose exhibition, Donut (W)hole, is on display in the Payson Library Exhibit Gallery through September 10, 2023. The event is free and will be held in the Surfboard Room at the Payson Library on the Malibu campus.

Huynh’s exhibition features serigraphs of and on pink doughnut boxes, which are iconic in Southern California’s Cambodian American (Khmerican) community. Approximately 80 percent of doughnut shops in the Southland are owned and operated by Cambodian refugees and their children, and the signature pink doughnut boxes are an innovation credited to Ted Ngoy, who fled the Khmer Rouge in 1975 and opened Christy’s Donut Shop in La Habra in 1979. 

The panel discussion will be moderated by Tuan Hoang, the Blanche E. Seaver Professor of Humanities and Teacher Education and associate professor of Great Books. In addition to Huynh, speakers will include Dorothy Chow, host of the Death and Cambodia, Life in America podcast; Marvella Muro, director of artistic programs and education at Self Help Graphics and former community engagement manager at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Jaspal S. Sandhu, founder of the Pink Box Stories blog; Dewey Tafoya, master printer at Self Help Graphics; and Mayly Tao, owner of Donut Princess Los Angeles.

A reception—including doughnuts—will follow the discussion. Registration is requested.