New mural showcases the beauty of the Vietnamese community

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CITY HEIGHTS, Calif. (KGTV) — For artist Thao Hunyn French, discovering his favorite restaurant Minh Ky in City Heights has taken on a whole new meaning.

One day she realized that she wanted to paint a mural on the side of the restaurant. But that would be three years later, with the combination of his vision and city funding to do it.

On Monday, Hunyn French officially unveils it to the public as part of the lunar year celebration, allowing her to celebrate her Vietnamese culture while showcasing it through her art.

“I wanted to show the human spirit of the tiger, and when I think of my mother and grandmother, I think of how fierce they are and what they’ve been through,” she said. “I’m here to share what’s beautiful about our culture and where we’ve been and where we are now to highlight what’s amazing about Vietnamese culture, why we celebrate it.”

She hopes this will shine a light on the community which she says doesn’t get much attention.

“These restaurants, they don’t know they exist, and their food is amazing,” Hunyn French said. “They’re made by so many people who are such inspiring people who have amazing stories to tell.”

And if there’s anything she wants people to take away from this mural, it’s a sense of hope, something she thinks we all need more of.

“Lunar New Year is about leaving behind the bad and negative of previous years and entering the new year with hope, happiness and love for each other,” she said.

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