Koreatown mural redone after three-year-long community backlash accusing of it being like a swastika
After three years of arguing, petitioning and back-and-forth conversations, a mural in Los Angeles’ Koreatown was redone and unveiled last Wednesday.
The controversy: In 2016, a mural was put up on a wall of the Robert F. Kennedy Community School in Los Angeles honoring Hollywood icon and actress Ava Gardner. There were no qualms about the actress herself, but in 2018, Korean community groups and protestors took issue with the massive crimson sun rays emanating from her face, comparing them to a swastika or a burning cross, according to the Los Angeles Times.
A new mural honoring Vicha Ratanapakdee, the elderly Thai immigrant who was killed after being pushed to the ground earlier this year, was unveiled in San Francisco’s Chinatown on Sunday.
The incident: Ratanapakdee, 84, was walking along Anza Vista and Fortuna Avenues on Jan. 28 when a teenager shoved him for no apparent reason. The attack, which occurred in broad daylight, was captured on surveillance video.
Fashion Designer Prabal Gurung Responds to Backlash Over Photoshopped NY Chinatown Mural for Lenape People
Prabal Gurung, a New York-based Nepalese fashion designer, ignited backlash for photoshopping an AAPI-Indigenous solidarity mural in Chinatown for his new Resort 2022 collection.
The controversy: Gurung showcased the new dresses in his collection last week, Vogue reported.
A Taiwanese American artist commissioned to design a mural in Beijing finally received his overdue payment after taking the matter to social media last week.
David Huang (@omguac), an illustrator based in New York City, says he was commissioned by Elaine Ng, editor-in-chief of ArtAsiaPacific (AAP), to work on the project in April 2019.
A local artist in Olympia, Washington received the green light to paint a dragon mural commemorating the Chinatown that once thrived in her area.
Speaking to NextShark, the artist, who goes by the username @greasy.goldflower on Instagram, described her town as predominantly White, adding that the Chinatown never made it to history books.
A long-time resident of New York’s Manhattan Chinatown has launched a project that will turn the old rusted, peeling, graffiti filled gates of the commercial district into amazing work of art, which he calls the “Chinatown 88 Gates Project.”
The artist, 59-year-old John Yu originally from Hong Kong, has been living in Chinatown for 28 years now, according to AsAm News. To return beauty to the area, Yu decided to switch the old rusty gates, sometimes covered with graffiti, and turn them into art that focuses on Chinese culture.