US Post Office Publish Lunar New Year Stamps

The US Post Office publishes a special stamp to celebrate the Lunar New Year on February 16, launched in January in Hawaii. Stamps with Dog images in the Chinese year, designed by Chinese American artist Kam Mak and highlighting Lunar New Year cultural traditions.

While lion dancers entertained many people, the US Post Office Bureau launched a dog year stamp in Honolulu. Designed by a Chinese painter, Kam Mak who lives in New York, the stamp depicts three bamboo stalks that symbolize luck.

"In the Chinese tradition, the first three lucky bamboo symbolizes blessings and fortune, second, long life, and third is wealth, I also inserted the character of Fu and that means blessing and luck, "Kam Mak said.

Hawaiian artist, the late Clarence Lee designed the first series of Chinese Lunar New Year stamps, featuring animals in the Chinese zodiac. In 2008, Kam Mak began designing the second series, which highlighted some of the Lunar customs and traditions of all time. The dog year stamp also includes a sketch of the original dog Lee in the upper left corner.

The post office published the first stamp of the Chinese New Year in 1992. Among the stamps designed by Mak, his favorite is from 2010, the year of the Tiger. The stamps feature lilies.

The Mak family immigrated from Hong Kong to America in 1971, when he was 10 years old. His parents worked hard with low salaries as a dishwasher at a Chinese restaurant to support his family, and his mother worked at a convenience store in Pechinan.

Mak struggling to learn English, he grew up as Chinese alleys rampant in the PeChinan area of ​​New city York. Fortunately, Mak can join a City Art Workshop or Art Workshop in the city, which encourages teenagers in the city to explore the arts. It was then that he found his interest.

Now in his 50s, Mak lives in Brooklyn, and teaches painting at Fashion Institute of Technology New York. He has also made illustrations for many books and composed a picture book entitled "My Chinatown: One Year In Poems".

Through an organization called Behind the Book, Mak guides the youth and sharing experiences of his time growing up in Pechinan or Chinatown.

"And many of these children are mostly Hispanic and African descendants of New York City, I lecture in Brooklyn and in Harlem, so in addition to reading they are books, I take them to PeChinan so they feel all the things I experience when I grew up.This is very interesting for these kids, because everything they see is new to them I just want to arouse their imagination and want them to learn about other cultures, in addition to what they know from their own environment, "Mak continued.

Every time he speaks at community events, Kam Mak men say he hopes to inspire people, to be proud of who they are, and not to feel ashamed of themselves differently. [ps/jm]

Judged for Post Article BBC, Thai Activist Flies to LN

 A pro-democracy activist in Thailand fled abroad after learning he would be tried for posting a British media article, BBC in 2016. The BBC article was considered offensive and offensive to the Thai King Maha Vajiralongkorn.

As reported by Reuters Monday (29/1/2018), female activist named Chanoknan Ruamsap is blurred out of Thailand on Sunday (28/1) local time. Through his Facebook post, Chanoknan said since the beginning of this month, he received a call to attend the trial of the Royal Thai insult case.

According to the summons, Chanoknan was charged with violating article 112, insulting the Kingdom of Thailand, by posting the profile of King Vajiralongkorn from a BBC Thai-language article whose contents were considered offensive to the King. The BBC article once posted Chanoknan via his Facebook account in 2016.

"It seems I have been charged with article 112 for sharing the BBC article in December 2016," Chanoknan said via his latest Facebook post. "I have less than 30 minutes to decide whether to stay or leave, this is a difficult decision because this time I will not be able to return."

The BBC article which is considered offensive to King Vajiralongkorn was released shortly after King Vajiralongkorn ascended the throne in December 2016, after the death of his father, King Bhumibol Adulyadej.

Thailand still applies the lese-majeste law, also known as article 112. Under the law of lese majeste, any violation of the rule of law has a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison.

Last year, another Thai activist, Jatupat Boonpattararaksa, was sentenced to 2.5 years in prison for posting the same BBC article. Jatupat, who was heavily involved in the Thai anti-junta rally, was arrested in 2016.

Legal action under the Computer Crimes Act and royal defamation law has risen sharply under the ruling military junta since the 2014 coup. 94 people on trial for violation of lese-majeste. Of that number, according to the iLaw monitoring group, a total of 43 people were sentenced to jail terms.

Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha has repeatedly vowed to crack down on critics of the Thai Empire. On the other hand, critics of Thailand's military junta say the lese-majeste law is often used to silence the enemies of the military junta.

(nvc / ita)

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Vile! Child 13 Years Catch Head Mother and Post in Medsos

 Vile and sadistic! the word that describes the action of this 13-year-old boy. He had the heart to kill his mother by cutting off his head.

As reported by the BBC on Sunday (10/12/2017), the incident took place in Wenxing, Sichuan Province, China. The boy had quarreled before. It is not known what the reason is until finally he with a hearty and cruel decapitate his mother and put in a container. Until finally the head was thrown into the sewer in front of their house.

Not just the mother's murder in the spotlight. The boy also uploaded a video during his violent action and spread on social media.

The police then arrested the boy at school after receiving reports from his parents. The old man watched the vile video of the boy.

Currently the case is still being investigated by the local police.
(nkn / nkn)