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Jing-jing, the Panda

I embroidered Jingjing, one of five mascots of the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, to honor the Chinese government for organizing the 2008 Olympics.

On February I will present two more mascots which I intend to offer as a present to the International Olympic Committee for organizing the games.

I would be very happy to receive an official invitation from the Chinese government to present my works of art in an exhibit during the Olympic Games in Beijing next year.

In this exhibit I will present works from my exhibit during the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens.

My embroideries which portray "The Chinese Wall", "Buddha", "Confucius" and the "National Symbol of China" have been created to honor the fellow country of the People’s Republic of China for its contribution to world culture.

My art portraying "Big Ben", the "Tower of London", and "Buckingham Palace", of the United Kingdom, a fellow country, is intended to honour Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain – the country which is entrusted with the responsibility of hosting the Olympic Games in 2012.

"Jingjing makes children smile -- and that's why he brings the blessing of happiness wherever he goes. You can see his joy in the charming naivety of his dancing pose and the lovely wave of his black and white fur."

"As a national treasure and a protected species, pandas are adored by people everywhere. The lotus designs in Jingjing's headdress, which are inspired by the porcelain paintings of the Song Dynasty (A.D.960-1234), symbolize the lush forest and the harmonious relationship between man and nature."

"Jingjing was chosen to represent our desire to protect nature's gifts -- and to preserve the beauty of nature for all generations. Jingjing is charmingly naïve and optimistic. He is an athlete noted for strength who represents the black Olympic ring."

(Text from 2008 Olympics Web site)