A food safety factory shutdown has Americans hunting for baby formula. Readying themselves for a covid-19 lockdown, Chinese in Beijing emptied store shelves. Emerging from lockdown, some in Shanghai are visiting well-provisioned markets. U.S.-China agricultural trade is booming, but many are still being left hungry. Food security, sustainability and safety remain issues.
Happy Year of the Tiger! 祝您虎年快乐!
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We wish everyone a terrific lunar new year and hope we see everyone flourish in the year of the tiger.
As we’ve done since 2009, we’ve gathered together lunar new stamps from around the world. This year and always, tigers really need fans. Three of the eight subspecies of tigers are already extinct. Perhaps just 3,900 tigers continue to roam in the wild. They’ve lost 96% of the range they had a century ago.
In addition to welcoming the new year, athletes have been gathering in China for the 2022 Winter Olympics. With pandemic travel restrictions, the inability of even ordinary Chinese spectators to attend, and needing to rely on artificial snow for the skiing events, both hosts and participants are confronting significant challenges. Below are stamps that China and Slovakia have issued to mark the games.
The People’s Republic of China rejoined the Olympics by sending 28 athletes to compete in the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, New York. None managed to win medals, though two figure skaters ranked higher in their events than did their compatriots. Athletes from Taiwan were turned away from those games because they refused to adopt the ”Chinese Taipei” framework for participation. Four Taiwanese athletes will compete at the 2022 games. We've included American and Chinese stamps issued to celebrate the 1980 games.
Later in 1980, China joined the United States and sixty other countries in boycotting the Moscow Olympics. That boycott was driven by the Soviet Union’s invasion of Afghanistan in late 1979. Some have called for a boycott of the Beijing Games. No teams have withdrawn but a number of countries are not sending top officials to the games. The Biden administration initiated its “diplomatic boycott” to oppose what it calls China’s human rights abuses. China has condemned the U.S. for politicizing the games. The games open on February 4.
Wherever you are and whomever you are with, we wish you a wonderful Lunar New Year. Please let us know which of the stamps are your favorites and please do share them with family and friends.
The USC U.S.-China Institute
Slovakia, uniquely, combined year of the tiger stamps with a celebration of the Beijing Olympics. The artist is Marián Komáček.
Continuing with the Olympics theme, we have stamps issued by the U.S. and China for the 1980 Games hosted by Lake Placid in New York. American fans remember it as offering the "Miracle on Ice," a Cold War triumph in ice hockey against the Soviet team, winner of five of the past six gold medals.
1980 Winter Olympics, Lake Placid, New York
2022 Winter Olympics, Beijing and Zhangjiakou
Now we present lunar new year stamps, beginning with Chinese speaking regions and the U.S. and then to the rest of the world.
China, artist Feng Dazhong 冯大中
Macau, artist Yu Si
Taiwan, artist Lin Junliang 林俊良
United States, artist Camille Chew
Armenia, artist Rem Saakyan
Australia, artist Chrissy Lau
Belarus, artist Victor Chaichuk
Bulgaria, artist P. Markova
Canada, L 1998 Raymond Mah, R 2010 Wilson Lam
France, artist Chen Jianghong 陈江洪
Guernsey, Chrissy Lau
Hungary, artist Agnes Szajko-Berta
Isle of Man, artist Ana Jacks
Japan, from Kyosen Kawasaki 川崎巨泉 works (1877-1942)
Jersey, artist Wang Huming
Korea, North 2010
Korea, South, artist Mihwa Kim 김미화
Kyrgyzstan, artist Diana Roşcovan
Liechtenstein, artist Stefan Erne
New Zealand, artist Ying-min Chu
Singapore, artist Lim An-ling
Thailand, artist Maha Chakri Sirindhorn
United Nations, artist Pan Hu 潘虎 ("Tiger Pan")
Vietnam, artist Nguyen Quang Vinh
Want more lunar new year stamps?
2021: Year of the Ox
2020: Year of the Rat
2019: Year of the Pig
2018: Year of the Dog
2017: Year of the Rooster
2016: Year of the Monkey
2015: Year of the Ram/Goat/Sheep
2014: Year of the Horse
2013: Year of the Snake
2012: Year of the Dragon
2011: Year of the Rabbit
2010: Year of the Tiger
2009: Year of the Ox
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