Vibrant UPS boxes communicate the strength of the AAPI community

Illustrator Mojo Wang shares his work for the ‘Proudly Unstoppable’ initiative for our AAPI Heritage Month Creative Excellence series

Published On
May 11, 2022
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Next up in our Celebration of Creative Excellence for AAPI Heritage Month, we have Mojo Wang, an illustrator and comic artist who immigrated to the U.S. from China. Wang graduated from School of Visual Arts with an MFA in illustration and also previously served as a photo editor at Elle Men. Repped for commercial projects out of Bernstein & Adriulli, his art blurs the boundaries between editorial illustrations and visual narrative. It has been featured in numerous publications, including The New Yorker, The New Time, The Guardian, The Washington Post, Wired and many more. He’s also been recognized by the Societ of Illustrators and American Illustration. 

Here, Wang shares a recent project he created for the UPS's "Proudly Unstoppable" initiative highlighting diverse creators. Made specifically for for AAPI Heritage Month, the vibrant artwork is titled “Together We Grow Stronger” and was inspired by his own experiences of thriving in a new home, with the support of his community. 

Mojo Wang

 
 

This project for UPS’s “Proudly Unstoppable” initiative, celebrating AAPI Heritage Month and the impact my community has here in the U.S., is meaningful in many ways. After moving to New York five years ago from China, I found a community of people who have helped me every step of the way as an artist and as an immigrant, and without them, I wouldn’t be able to make it to where I am today. The artwork I created, titled “Together We Grow Stronger,” embodies myself and my community standing tall and strong together through the ups and downs of life, and signifies what it means to rebuild your life in a new place. 

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The full 'Together We Grow Stronger' artwork
 
 

I’m fascinated by nature and the symbolism of growth that trees represent. The book “The Secret Life of Trees” inspired this artwork. It was where I learned that trees don’t compete with each other to survive and thrive, they naturally grow around each other, ensuring that every tree receives sunlight to grow and survive. This is something I found extremely special and meaningful. 

 When creating art, it’s not always easy to have the courage to feel unstoppable. My journey to America required a great deal of sacrifice and courage to start the next chapter of my life, and that comes with hurdles to overcome every day. But again, my community, in particular, my AAPI community, continues to stand behind me and help me overcome any challenges. My hope is that this artwork helps the AAPI community feel seen. This is a community that’s often overlooked, and I’m grateful to have been able to work with UPS to shine a light on this community. I’m both proud and humbled that so many people will be able to see my artwork on the UPS box.