May is AAPI heritage month, a time of year to celebrate, recognize, and support Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. Walt Disney World has decided to celebrate this time of year and contributions of the AAPI community in a variety of ways.
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Many restaurants at both hotels and theme parks are honoring the occasion by providing a variety of Asian and Pacific foods. Among the many offerings are the Heart Of Te Fiti DOLE Whip Cup at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, the Tuna Poke Bowl at Animal Kingdom, and Mongolian Beef with vegetable fried rice at EPCOT.
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New Artwork At Disney Springs
But even more interesting and unique that the additions to the Disney Springs Art Walk. Two new artists, Thao French and Andrew Hem, recently added vibrant pieces to the art walk as part of “A World of Voices.”
Thao French’s unique style involves using a spray-painting technique that is inspired by the disruptive quality of graffiti. Her goal is to use art to not only tell her story, but encourage other women like her to follow their dreams and aspirations.
“It’s an amazing and powerful feeling to be able to show up and represent for the Asian American Pacific Islander community,” said French. “I hope that [my piece] inspires other Asian women to pursue the arts because it’s extremely rewarding.”
Andrew Hem is a Cambodian-American artist who states that he wants to combine both the happiness of his life and the happiness that Guests feel when visiting Walt Disney World Resort.
“When guests come to see my work, I want them to stop, slow down and just explore all the Easter eggs inside my work,” said Hem.
Both French and Hem have true passions for their craft and the joy it brings.
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The Disney Springs Art Walk: A Canvas of Expression is continuing to attract more and more murals ahead of its upcoming anniversary. There are always new additions coming to the walk and always new ways to celebrate the AAPI community at Walt Disney World Resort.