Synopses & Reviews
In Chinese culture, it is believed that by surrounding one's self with lucky objects and images, we can increase our chances of finding true happiness. This exquisite book explores the rich symbolic meaning behind the five most auspicious Chinese concepts of good fortune: luck, prosperity, longevity, happiness, and wealth. Lavishly illustrated from ancient and moderns sources, and with text in both Chinese and English, Five-fold Happiness reveals the deeper meanings in these ideals as they occur in everyday life. Notice anew the cat with one paw beckoning at the entrance of shops and restaurants. Leam the significance of peaches, goldfish, the dragon dance, and the color red. Discover the benefits of ginseng, oysters, and shrimp. But most of all, find in the pages of this delightful book a way of welcoming these and many other symbols of good fortune into your own life.
Graphic designer Sung's book belongs to the relatively new class of small, sensuously crafted books meant to be pleasing to the hand and eye as well as to the mind. Her contribution to the genre takes for its subject the Chinese concepts of luck, prosperity, happiness, and wealth: she discusses each concept, as well as the varied legends that surround them, in Chinese and English; for each symbol of each concept there are pictograms, photographs, and other illustrations. Sung's distinctive way with design is evident from the delightful, brilliantly red and yellow pages. her writing is clear and engaging; her subject is too-little understood in the West. Highly recommended for all collections. -Library Journal
Surround yourself with lucky objects, the Chinese believe, and good fortune will come to you. In word and image, this exquisite volume-a delight to hold in the hand-explores the bounteous meanings of the five-fold symbols of happiness: luck, prosperity, longevity, happiness, and wealth. Drenched in color and lavishly illustrated from ancient and modern sources, Five-Fold Happiness interweaves both Chinese and English text. Peaches, the number eight, the imperial color of gold, a cat with one paw beckoning, or the dragon dance-here are some of the familiar images now revealed in their rich significance. Whether readers choose to embrace these symbols in their everyday lives or simply enjoy them on these glorious pages, Five-Fold Happiness is altogether auspicious.
Discover the rich meaning behind the ancient and everyday Chinese symbols of happiness in this bilingual guide to understanding prosperous omens and inviting good fortune into your life.
About the Author
Vivien Sung was born in Sydney, Australia. She now lives in San Francisco, where she works as a graphic designer. She has studied in China and travels there frequently.