Is Your Baby a Little Monkey?

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Is your baby widely curious and sharp minded? He or she may be a little monkey.  The Chinese have studied monkeys for over 2,000 years and found them to have unique characteristics. They were found to typically be clever, curious, charismatic and extremely inventive.  If your baby is a little monkey he or she is going to have a wonderful life.  Monkeys are playful, loving and wise.  They are fun to be around because they are so creative and generous.

A couple of years ago I traveled to the Zhangjiajie Mountains in China where there were hundreds of monkeys. As we hiked up the winding mountain trails we could see whole families of monkeys on the hills on the side of the road.  Occasionally a few monkeys would venture over to where the people were which gave us an up-close look at their behavior.  Through personal experience I can verify that monkeys are quite clever with sharp minds.  This was demonstrated when they would use a variety of tricks to get food and trinkets from the people we were traveling with.  I could also see that they were very social animals by the way they were interacting with each other on the side of the road.

Artwork by Tiffany Chang – www.tiffanychang.us

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Zodiacals™ Artist Profiled in New Book on Creativity

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The new book The Two Sides of You by Elaine Breakstone probes the bi-hemispheric world of creative people who move easily from left brain to right brain thinking.  The book shows how famous creative thinkers like Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci used both sides of their brains.  Leonardo da Vinci, for example was a genius in engineering, mathematics and medicine yet also painted the Mona Lisa and The Last Supper. Michelangelo used the left side of his brain as an architect and the right side of his brain to paint the frescoes on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel and create the David and Pieta statues.

Chinese American artist Tiffany Chang is profiled in the book because she was trained as a mathematician at the University of California, Los Angeles, in finance by receiving an MBA degree from the University of Connecticut and as an accomplished aviator. While all of this required the use of the left side of her brain, she used the right side of her brain to become an award-winning artist with oil paintings displayed in museums, art shows and private homes in the Orient as well as in the United States.  She is also the creator of Zodiacals animal characters which are featured on a broad line of clothing and other product sold as birthday gifts (see www.zodiacals.com). The book is available on Amazon.com (http://tinyurl.com/jesbnvl) in paperback for $8.99.

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Oil Painting Displays Personality of Year of the Ox

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The oil painting by Chinese American artist Tiffany Chang, “The Painter” clearly displays the personality of those born during the Year of the Ox. The personality of the Ox is diligent, reliable, honest, determined and ambitious.  The Ox in Tiffany Chang’s painting is an ambitious and determined artist with paint all over his clothing because of the large volume of paintings he has worked on.  Those born in the Year of the Ox are known for achieving their goals by having great patience.  This is demonstrated by the intricate works displayed within this oil painting that were created by the Ox.  People born in the Year of the Ox are also known for achieving their goals by consistent efforts and are not distracted by others or the environment.  This is shown by the proud stance of the Ox in this painting.

“The Painter” is on display at the von Liebig Art Center in Naples, Florida through the weekend of April 17. After that it will go on tour in art galleries in New York and in New England.  “The Painter” is part of a series of oil paintings by Tiffany Chang representing each of the 12 animals of the Chinese zodiac.  The collection includes paintings that display the personalities of those born in the years of the Rat, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, and Pig. The artist has also created a line of pillows and clothing based on her Chinese zodiac animals.  You can see these at: www.Zodiacals.com.

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Happy Easter Asian Style

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Although Easter is not as broadly celebrated in Asia as in western countries a growing number of non-Christians in Asia are starting to join in the celebration. Of course, Christians all over the world typically celebrate Easter in the traditional manner. Many non-Christians, however, are also participating for the fun and novelty. This does differ from one Asian country to another.  Outside of churches Easter is a relatively minor event in Japan and in South Korea.  In China, however, you can find malls having special Easter sales and some non-Christians making Easter eggs to sell.  People in Hong Kong celebrate Easter more avidly than those in mainland China, partly because of their English traditions.

In the west, the rabbit in this article would generally be seen as an Easter bunny. In Asia, however, many people would see it as representing the year of the rabbit.  This rabbit is actually an oil painting by award-winning Chinese American artist Tiffany Chang.  This painting, along with paintings of the other animals of the Chinese zodiac, will be going on tour this year in art galleries throughout the United States.  The artist has also created a line of pillows and clothing based on her Chinese zodiac animals.  You can see these at: www.Zodiacals.com.

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