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Murals at El Monte Station: Phung Huynh

Artist Phung Huynh's El Monte Bus Station mural tells of cross-cultural, Asian and Latino history and the importance of engaging local community with sensitivity and relevance.

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Carribean Fragoza is a writer and artist from South El Monte, CA. 
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