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After fleeing the Khmer Rouge for the US with his family in 1975, Ted Ngoy got into the donut business. As he achieved success, he lent a helping hand to fellow Cambodian refugees, paving the way for them to essentially lead the donut business in Southern California. It’s the kind of immigrant success stories people typically love in the US, but business success did not prove fulfilling for Ngoy in the long run, and he entered a brutal, decades-long cycle of gambling addiction and myriad failures. The Donut King, Alice Gu’s new documentary on Ngoy, traces these multiple rises and falls.
Following the strange arc of Ngoy’s life, which also includes an abortive stint with Buddhism ascetism and several defeated political campaigns back in Cambodia, demonstrates how there’s never truly a simple rags-to-riches story. Lurking beneath the “American Dream” is the fundamental emptiness of its conception of success. The Donut King is hardly an anticapitalist polemic, but it doesn’t need to be, since this comes through clear enough in its story.
The Donut King opens in virtual theaters October 30 and on VOD November 20.
Poussin and the Dance is a valiant attempt to break into Poussin’s staunchly academic oeuvre and provide a relatable point of entry, highlighting the exciting elements of revelry and movement despite impenetrable and unemotional rendering.
Anarchist illustrator N.O. Bonzo produces decentralized media in a highly bureaucratic cultural landscape. Their illustrations, murals, and literature emerge in unexpected places, from the streets of Portland, Oregon, to the far ends of Reddit and Twitter, addressing relations of labor and identity in the workplace and on the streets. Growth and care are central themes…
This exhibition explores how images of the human body were used to provoke profound physical and emotional responses in viewers from the 15th through 18th centuries.
With scavenged materials, Amanda Maciel Antunes constructs a motherland.
Where are the directors taking the stage to acknowledge workers’ demands today?
The collaborative handmade paper- and printmaking center at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts publishes new works by Liz Collins and Sarah McEneaney.
There is a debate whether the memory of Little Syria should be seized upon to tell truthful and positive stories about Arabs in the US, or whether any conflation between its history and contemporary politics is inappropriate.
The profile includes works by Egon Schiele, Amedeo Modigliani, Peter Paul Rubens, and a prehistoric Venus of Willendorf figurine.
These horrifying dolls definitely won’t murder you in your sleep.