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Ying-ying, the Antelope

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

I intend to offer this 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.

"Like all antelopes, Yingying is fast and agile and can swiftly cover great stretches of land as he races across the earth. A symbol of the vastness of China's landscape, the antelope carries the blessing of health, the strength of body that comes from harmony with nature."

"Yingying's flying pose captures the essence of a species unique to the Tibet Plateau, one of the first animals put under protection in China. The selection of the Tibetan Antelope reflects Beijing's commitment to a Green Olympics."

"His head ornament incorporates several decorative styles from the Qinghai-Tibet and Sinkiang cultures and the ethnic design traditions of Western China. Strong in track and field events, Yingying is a quick-witted and agile boy who represents the yellow Olympic ring."

(Text from 2008 Olympics Web site)

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