Written by Dilber Shatursun
The COVID-19 pandemic has forced nearly everyone to adapt to unprecedented changes, practice patience, persevere, foster gratitude, and show compassion. These five traits conveniently make a prime recipe for character building, particularly for children and teenagers- including those who are part of Tzu Shao’s Inland Chapter in California.
Tzu Shao is Tzu Chi’s Youth Association, which gathers for public service activities and more. Since their usual activities have been suspended for the time being, this dedicated group of middle and high schoolers found an artistic way to show their appreciation and compassion for those working on the frontlines, and those fighting the battles of their lives. See their work below.
Calvin Truong draws kites on strings – expressing his thanks to frontline heroes for putting their lives on the line. On the back of his card, he writes:
Here, Rachel features a glowing, feminine icon; a superheroine that needs no cape.
Tiffany Truong, however, shines some serious star power on our nation’s doctors. On the back of her card, she writes:
Justin Lo shared a personal story in his digital note.
Others, like Nathan Chun and Calvin Truong, personified the new coronavirus and society’s physical fight with it.
On the back, Calvin wrote:
Depicting red lanterns, which symbolize harmony, happiness, and prosperity, Tiffany sends off messages of encouragement to doctors, paramedics, and nurses to light the dark, evening sky.
Meanwhile, Calvin reminds COVID-19 patients that people across the world are rooting for their wellness and recovery. He writes:
Finally, inspired by Michelangelo’s iconic Creation of Adam, which depicts the moment God gave life to man, Tiffany illustrates a message of hope, peace, and harmony. On the back, she writes:
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