CHSSC Webinar: “The Best-Selling Christmas Cards of Tyrus Wong”

Starts: April 7, 2021 at 7:00 pm
Ends: April 7, 2021 at 8:00 pm

Location:  Online
Admission:  Free

In this special Chinese Historical Society of Southern California (CHSSC) presentation, researcher and writer Karen Fang will speak about the Christmas cards designed by longtime LA artist Tyrus Wong. During the 1950-1970s, Wong’s seasonal greeting cards were a cultural and commercial phenomenon, and both an important part of his fascinating career as well as a telling glimpse into the changing place of Chinese culture in American society. Professor Fang will speak about Wong’s innovative fusion of Asian aesthetics with western holiday traditions, as well as the personal and regional influences informing his unique cards.

Tyrus Wong, who died in 2016 at the age of 106, was most famous for designing the backgrounds for the Walt Disney classic Bambi, but also worked as an artist for many well-known Hollywood movies at a time when Chinese people faced great discrimination in this country. He really did not receive the recognition he deserved until the later years of his life.

Karen Fang is a film scholar and cultural critic who writes about the intersection of eastern and western aesthetics. A faculty member at the University of Houston in Texas, Fang has been published by Stanford University Press and the Los Angeles Review of Books.

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