Location: Wing Luke Museum, Seattle, WA
Greg G. Graves
Area Operations, Vice President — Western Area, USPS Dedicating Official
Founder and Publisher – Seattle Chinese Post and Northwest Asian Weekly
Executive Director – The Wing Luke Museum
Painter, illustrator, and professor at fashion institute of technology
Mak Hin Fai School of Kung Fu
The Year of the Rooster begins Jan. 28, 2017, and ends Feb. 15, 2018.
The stamp depicts a rooster emblazoned on a red envelope (hongbao). Parents present red envelopes containing money to children and loved ones during Lunar New Year celebrations. The color red symbolizes luck in Chinese culture, while rooster imagery is often used to ward off evil spirits.
Artist Kam Mak created this original painting. Art director and stamp designer Ethel Kessler incorporated elements from the previous series of Lunar New Year stamps — Clarence Lee’s intricate cut-paper design of a rooster and the Chinese character for “rooster,” drawn in grass-style calligraphy by Lau Bun — to create continuity in the series.