Local Khmer arts group helped in the production of Disney’s ‘Raya and the Last Dragon’

Keeping a secret can be hard, especially a good one, and for about three years Mea Lath has been holding in a really good secret.

In 2018, Lath, managing director of Long Beach’s Khmer Arts Academy, was contacted by Scott Sakamoto, production supervisor at Walt Disney Animation Studios. Sakamoto said the studio was working on an Asian-inspired project and invited Lath to bring herself and other members of the academy to their Burbank headquarters to share the history, stories, myths and movements that inform their Cambodian culture.

The Asian-inspired project would become “Raya and the Last Dragon,” which premiered a few weeks ago and has been met with enthusiastic reviews and ticket sales.

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