Thursday, February 28, 2008

AIGA China & CAFA: Central Academy of Fine Arts

We are beginning to get confirmations on our schedule of events in China. So far, we are keeping very close to our original schedule as published in the pdf brochure at We will be in all the cities and so far, all the tourist activities are confirmed, such as visiting the terracotta warriors in Xian, etc. We are also confirming our other visits. For example, we are now confirmed to spend an afternoon at CAFA: Central Academy of Fine Arts and AIGA China. CAFA is the host to AIGA China, so it's kind of the same thing. CAFA is also one of the most prestigious design schools in China. Wang Min, Dean of the School of Design at CAFA over saw the design team that created the Olympic Medals for the 2008 games. CAFA has invited our group to make 5 presentations (10 mins each) to the students at CAFA.

Amy Gendler is the director of AIGA China. Learn more about AIGA China here.

Thursday, February 7, 2008


That's Happy New Year!

The Rat (Chinese:鼠) was welcomed in ancient times as a protector and bringer of material prosperity. It is the first of the 12-year cycle of animals which appear in the Chinese zodiac related to the Chinese calendar. Rat is associated with aggression, wealth, charm, and order, yet also associated with death, war, the occult, pestilence, and atrocities. The Year of the Rat is associated with the earthly branch symbol 子.