Chinese New Year Earns Stamp of Approval

Monday, February 11, 2013

U.S. Postal Service’s 2013 Year of the Snake stamp (U.S. Postal Service)

For the Chinese, this Lunar New Year marks the Year of the Snake, a creature of the Chinese Zodiac that embodies gracefulness, materialism, and intelligence.

Brooklyn-based illustrator Kam Mak's work can be seen in the Postal Service's commemorative stamp for this Chinese New Year. It's a beautiful image of fireworks, common to the Lunar New Year celebrations of Vietnam.

Kam Mak says this year he is returning to simple memories of youth and tradition, growing up in Hong Kong and New York's Chinatown, and putting aside all of the predictions of the future in thinking about the year ahead for his work and for his community.

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Kam Mak

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Kenneth Bennett Lane, Lake Hiawatha, NJ from Richard Wagner Music Drama Institute, Boonton, NJ

CHINA AND ITS CONSTANTLY EVOLVING LIFESTYLES WITH ITS HISTORY DATING BACK TO PRE-BIBLICAL TIMES TO THE ERA OF THE PYRAMIDS AND THE ANCIENT HEBREWS WILL ALWAYS TANTALIZE THE IMAGINATION. MY BROTHER DR. BEN LANE AND I WERE SKIING TODAY AT MOUNTAIN CREEK SKI AREA IN VERNON, NJ, WHERE, AS USUAL NOWADAYS, THERE WERE AS MANY ASIATICS-- CHINESE, KOREANS, TAIWANESE AND JAPANESE--AS CAUCASIANS. THE COSMETICS OF THE VARIOUS CULTURES GATHERING FOR COMMUNAL SPORT IS NOT LIMITED TO SKIING BUT TO ALL SPORTS. AND IN THE ARTS CHINA HAS ALSO A GRAND HISTORY ON PAPYRUS, WITH WATERCOLORS, TAPESTRIES AND SCULPTURES THAT POPULATE OUR MUSEUMS. WHATEVER THE CHANGES THE BEST WILL ULTIMATELY SURVIVE AND PREPARE THE GROUND WORK FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS. I am a Wagnerian heldentenor, an opera composer, "Shakespeare" and "The Political Shakespeare" and director of the Richard Wagner Music Drama Institute. My websites where one may download, FREE, my singing in four solo concerts at the Isaac Stern Auditorium of Carnegie Hall by going to "Recorded Selections"; www.WagnerOpera.com, www.ShakespeareOpera.com and www.RichardWagnerMusicDramaInstitute.com.
Roles that are represented in my singing to be heard on my websites are: Tristan, Siegfried, Goetterdaemmerung Siegfried, Lohengrin, Parsifal, Siegmund, Walther von Stolzing, Florestan, Federico and Eleazar.

Feb. 18 2013 08:33 PM

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