Friday, July 25, 2008

Artist Clarence Lee Honors His Parents with Stamps

Voice of America reports the new United States stamp being issued for 2008 Olympic Games was designed by a graphic artist from Hawaii - Clarence Lee (shown here).

Reporter Heidi Chang says, "Clarence Lee may not be a household name, but his stamps are recognized around the world."

"This isn't the first time Lee has created a stamp. In 1992, the U.S. Postal Service asked him to design a New Year stamp to honor Chinese Americans. Looking ahead to the Year of the Rooster, Lee knew what he wanted to do. His rooster stamp was very popular, bringing in more than $5-million in sales, not just in the U.S., but also in China, " according to Heidi.

Lee, now in his 70s, is quoted as saying there are some 20 million stamp collectors in China.

The article goes on to say, "Over the years, Clarence Lee has spoken to stamp collectors in major U.S. cities and in China. He often shares how the stamps have given him a chance to honor his parents."

To read the entire article, click here.
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posted by Don Schilling at 12:01 AM