The annual Chinese Spring Festival, also known as Chinese New Year, began January 23rd and continued for the next 15 days. It is a time for reconciling, peacemaking, and well wishes. For Yitong “Nora” Qiu ’13, it was also a time to give to others and spread a bit of her own peace and happiness.
With rice paper and brush in hand, Nora handpainted six scrolls for this year’s guests of the Cushing Institute for 21st Century Leadership speaker series. One scroll conveys a message of strength in the New Year symbolized by a flying dragon and running tiger; a second scroll wishes a smooth New Year ahead symbolized by a winged sailboat; and a third sends a message of best wishes and taking 2012 one step at a time.
Growing up, Nora watched her father paint as a way to relax. And while she explains that calligraphy, the oldest form of writing in Chinese culture, is quickly disappearing, she proudly continues the tradition. We are pleased to be able to share her work with others.
“Painting is a chance to forget time, to improve yourself ,” says Nora. “And as a Chinese citizen, it’s important to me to remember where we are from and our traditions.”
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