To celebrate the year of the horse that begins Feb. 12, Time Advertising, Milbrae, Calif., hired a Chinese artist to create paintings of a running horse in the traditional brush-stroke style, then animated them into a galloping horse in a spot for the California State Lottery. Creative director: Sherman Tung. Art director: Paul Ng. Copywriter: Andy Chou.
For Asian-Americans far from their loved ones in Asia during the holidays, print ads for the U.S. Postal Service by A Partnership, New York, draw on familiar Chinese icons. For example, two stone lions that always sit on opposite sides of a door are cozily side by side in one print ad, demonstrating how the postal service brings people together even when they are far away. Another ad juxtaposes a dragon and a phoenix, whose proximity always symbolizes a union such as marriage in the Chinese culture. Chief creative officer: Aok Yuen. Creative director: Steve Lam.