#StopAsianHate: Designer Yen Hoang and Fellow Asian American Artists Restore Portland Storefront with Mural
May 26, 2021
Every day, from coast to coast, talented R\Westies create stellar work to help our clients achieve their goals.
We shout out our colleagues and celebrate their accomplishments – from big wins to small wins, and everything in between – but it’s the grit, guts, and grace R\Westies display outside the [home] office that really make us proud.
In April, Portlander and talented R\West Designer Yen Hoang dedicated her time and creativity to take a stand against anti-Asian violence and bring awareness to the #StopAsianHate movement by restoring a local restaurant’s storefront along with three other local Asian American artists.
The target of recent anti-Asian hate crimes, My Brother’s Crawfish twice had the windows of its storefront shattered. After these incidents, restaurant owner Khang Nguyen took to Facebook, calling upon local artists to help revitalize the storefront and demonstrate solidarity for the Asian community in Portland and across the country.
Yen and her fellow artists did more than answer My Brother’s Crawfish’s call for support. They showed up in full force and, over the course of a weekend, transformed the restaurant’s exterior with an incredible mural.
Describing her concept for the mural, Yen said, “I chose to contribute a bright four-flower bouquet: the Georgia state flower to honor the victims of the shooting in Atlanta; a pink lotus, the national flower of Vietnam and a symbol of the Vietnamese heritage I share with Khang; a bluebonnet, the flower of my home state of Texas (it just so happens Khang is from Texas too!); and Portland’s iconic red rose.”
Further linking her personal experience and memories to the mural project, Yen commented, “The visual effect of neon reflects my own upbringing in the nail salon my parents own and operate back in Texas. In my mind, neon signs are such an iconic symbol of small businesses. Also, it looks really cool!”
While each artist lent their unique creative style and perspective to the project, the team of four worked together to execute a shared vision, a visually stunning call to action and powerful display of resilience.
“I am so proud and thankful to have been a part of this collaboration between local Asian American artists. In response to an act of anti-Asian violence and hate, Khang chose to speak through creativity. In spite of everything, this project has shown me just how resilient my Asian American community is.” – Yen Hoang
Follow Yen and her fellow artists on Instagram!
Yen Hoang, @yendroid
Soumalay Diuangmala, @pixelandpew
Hanam Mun, @tt.hanam
Alex Chiu, @artbyalexchiu