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Cambodia’s 1,500-year-old Krishna statue showcased in National Museum of Asian Art virtual experience

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  • An immersive experience featuring the newly restored, 1,500-year-old Cambodian stone sculpture “Krishna Lifting Mountain Govardhan” is currently on display at the National Museum of Asian Art (NMAA).
  • Restoration of the statue was undertaken by the Cleveland Museum of Art’s conservation specialists with permission from the Government of the Kingdom of Cambodia.
  • Apart from the newly-restored Krishna’s unveiling, the exhibit is also integrating an interactive design that employs art, virtual tours and immersive video installations to tell the sculpture’s story.
  • The exhibition also includes the showing of an original short film called “Satook” by renowned Cambodian American filmmaker PraCh Ly.
  • “Revealing Krishna: Journey to Cambodia’s Sacred Mountain” can be viewed from April 30 to  Sept. 18, 2022.

The National Museum of Asian Art (NMAA) is currently hosting a focus exhibition featuring the newly restored, 1,500-year-old Cambodian stone sculpture “Krishna Lifting Mountain Govardhan.” 

“Revealing Krishna: Journey to Cambodia’s Sacred Mountain,” which can be viewed from April 30 to  Sept. 18, 2022, presents the story and context behind the restoration undertaken by the Cleveland Museum of Art conservation specialists. 

Elementary school students shower art teacher with goodbye hugs, drawings on his last day in viral TikTok

  • TikTok user @itsjoshell posted a video on May 2 of her Filipino husband, known to his students as Mr. Santos, being showered in his school’s hallways with hugs and drawings during his last day of work at an elementary school.
  • "My husband had his last day as an art teacher and this is how the entire school said goodbye," the onscreen text reads.
  • The video, captioned “When the whole school loves Mr. Santos,” has amassed over 121,000 likes and 608,000 views so far.

To celebrate a Filipino art teacher’s last day of work, an entire elementary school gathered to give him goodbye hugs and drawings.

TikTok user @itsjoshell posted a video on May 2 of her husband, known to his students as Mr. Santos, walking past various groups of students in his school’s hallways. 

Art student who shared TikTok of emotional conversation with her Asian parents posts video update

  • Vietnamese student TikToker @kaitlynnbui, whose video of her emotional conversation with her Asian parents about her major went viral, uploaded a follow-up video showing her family’s support.
  • Bui explains in her follow-up video’s caption that she had reacted “poorly” and in a “defensive” way to her parents’ criticism of her choice to major in art. The new video shows her mother advising Bui to “do what makes you happy.”
  • The latest video has garnered over 517,000 views and 50,000 likes since it was uploaded on April 12.

A Vietnamese student TikToker whose video of her emotional conversation with her parents about her major went viral, posted a follow-up video showing her family expressing support for her goals. 

Kaitlynn Bui, known as @kaitlynnbui on TikTok, uploaded the new video three days after the previous one. 

Memphis airport reinstalls photo of Asian man in Elvis outfit after taking it down due to ‘negative feedback’

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  • Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority (MSCAA) said it will reinstall an art piece featuring an Asian man wearing an Elvis outfit.
  • The photo, which was taken down after purported backlash from travelers and "negative feedback" from Elvis fans, was chosen by a committee led by Memphis' Urban Art Commission to be displayed in a newly renovated section of the Memphis-Shelby County Airport in Tennessee.
  • Tommy Kha, the artist behind the self-portrait art piece, took to Twitter to express his disappointment about the removal.
  • “While I believe people are free to speak their minds, I do not agree that the removal was the right solution,” he wrote.
  • An MSCAA representative confirmed that the piece will be reinstalled "as soon as possible," but an exact timeline was not given.

An airport in Tennessee is reinstalling an art piece featuring an Asian man wearing an Elvis outfit after previously taking it down due to backlash from travelers.

The self-portrait, which shows Asian American artist Tommy Kha dressed as Elvis, was chosen by a committee led by Memphis’ Urban Art Commission to be displayed in a newly renovated section of the Memphis-Shelby County Airport. 

Filipino artist amazes by sketching all 7 BTS member at the same time

Filipino Artist

A Filipino artist has gone viral for simultaneously sketching all seven members of the mega K-pop group BTS.

Jaw-dropping talent: In a video posted on NPR’s Instagram page, Junel Salido, a 20-year-old artist from Rosario, a municipality in the Philippines’ province of Agusan del Sur,  can be seen sketching BTS members Jin, Suga, J-Hope, RM, Jimin, V and Jungkook. The video has been viewed more than 1.1 million times as of this writing.

Artist Drue Kataoka is on a crusade against the ‘racist and sexist’ NFT space

Japanese American artist Drue Kataoka

In an interview with NextShark, Japanese American artist Drue Kataoka discusses her newest project, which aims to raise money for racial justice and fundamentally challenge the future of Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs). 

The images Kataoka shares range from unpleasant to disturbing. She lists them with ease: “‘Japanese crap girl’ or ‘fat nerdy chinese kid and his imaginary friend’ caricaturing the Asian male as weird and socially awkward — a stereotype that, alas, has been reinforced for decades by Hollywood.  The African American community has also been a major target of [American graphic artist Michael Joseph Winkelmann’s (known online as Beeple)] over the years with drawings with titles such as: ‘It’s Fun to Draw Black People,’ ‘Black Dude’ and ‘Robot Girl discovers 20th century black dildos (and then it’s on like donkey kong).’ I’ve lost count of the degrading ‘pussy’ images.”

Possible oldest prehistoric art ever known is discovered by Chinese scientists in the ‘roof of the world’

Chinese scientists discover worlds oldest art

Dr. David Zhang and his team of scientists’ discovery of handprints and footprints are being debated over as to whether they are the world’s oldest prehistoric art.  

Fossils on the travertine rock: Dr. David Zhang, a scientist from Guangdong, China, found impressions of handprints and footprints on a travertine rock with his research team in Quesang on the Tibetan Plateau in Oct. 2018, reported Time.

Timeless Photos Squash Stereotype of Asian Americans as ‘Perpetual Foreigners’

Although one and a half centuries have passed since the first major wave of Asian immigrants arrived on U.S. shores, many Asian Americans continue to feel like strangers in their own homeland.

Despite the community’s invaluable contributions to get America to where it is today, the group as a whole is still overlooked. Even worse, it is blamed for the most pressing problem that besets the country and the rest of the world at present.

Meet the Artist Behind the Iconic Portrait of the Beloved Vicha Ratanapakdee

Amidst all of the news about hate crimes against the Asian American community, LA-based artist Jonathan Chang decided that he cannot stay silent anymore.

A seasoned illustrator in the toy and entertainment industries, Chang mostly posted photos of his dog and other fun pop culture illustrations, from Overwatch characters to Andrew Yang. However, with the onset of the pandemic last year, he began to notice the rise in anti-Asian hate crimes among Asian-centric social media accounts.