Los Angeles is a city dotted with donut shops, many of them mom-and-pop operations run by immigrants from Cambodia and tucked away in strip malls across Southern California.
Right now, artist Phung Huynh is standing in Donut Star, in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Highland Park. It’s is an unpretentious oasis of cheap coffee, lottery tickets and a staggering array of freshly baked donuts.
Huynh has stopped here for a sugery pick-me-up – and some artistic inspiration. Her solo show, entitled Donut (W)hole, recently opened at Self Help Graphics and Art. It’s a homage to the Cambodian immigrants known as “Khmericans” who survived the aftermath of warfare and genocide.