Local Chinese artist recognized for gift to Obama

TianYuan Jiang poses with a traditional ink brush painting of a horse, dedicated to President Barack Obama’s election in 2008.

TianYuan Jiang poses with a traditional ink brush painting of a horse, dedicated to President Barack Obama’s election in 2008. (Image courtesy of TianYuan Jiang.)

By Ling-Mei Wong

 

Tianyuan Jiang, 75, has been an ardent supporter of President Barack Obama since 2006. He was so pleased about Obama’s election in 2008 that he immediately drew a traditional ink brush painting of a horse dedicated to the president after the results were announced.

After voting for his favorite president again in 2012, Jiang decided to paint another horse on a scroll, which he carefully rolled up and mailed to the White House. What he did not expect was a thank-you note signed by the president and First Lady Michelle Obama.

“It is gratifying to know that we have your support,” the note read. “As we work to address the great challenges of our time, we hope you will continue to stay active and involved.”

TianYuan Jiang celebrated Obama’s 2012 reelection by sending him a horse painting on a scroll.

TianYuan Jiang celebrated Obama’s 2012 reelection by sending him a horse painting on a scroll. (Image courtesy of TianYuan Jiang.)

Jiang immigrated to Boston in 1992 from Guangdong and is proud to call himself an American. “I like that Obama is one of us, that he didn’t grow up with much,” he said. “He fights for our rights and benefits.”

“I wanted Obama to have a token of art from the Chinese community,” Jiang said. He is a self-taught artist of Chinese calligraphy and painting for more than 40 years. His works have been presented to Mass. Gov. Deval Patrick, Boston Mayor Thomas Menino and Quincy Mayor Thomas Koch.

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About Ling-Mei Wong 黃靈美

Editor of the Sampan, the only bilingual Chinese-English newspaper in New England 舢舨報紙總編輯。舢舨是全紐英倫唯一的中英雙語雙週報。
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