Rats are extremely difficult to make'em look good and aesthetically pleasing, especially since rats, in their nature, do not pair well with food (the rat logo was to be printed on the booklet cover, on top of tables where dishes were to be served). I had difficulties figuring out how to design the rat logo, till my sister assisted me, figuring out the placement and proportions of the rat. Soon, the actual New Years numbers "2, 0, 2, 0," would make up the entire profile of the rat, where the first "2" is the head, the first "0" is the ear, the second "2" makes up the tiny hand and long tail, and the second "0" anchors the body. Our cute friend would then be printed on totes and given out to people who donated to OCA-Greater Seattle! A hot commodity, and a means of holding the incoming fortune of the New Year!!
OCA-Asian Pacific American Advocates in the Greater Seattle area hosts the Golden Circle Awards annually. OCA held its annual Golden Circle Award and Lunar New Year dinner on Jan. 20 (MLK Day) at Joy Palace restaurant. The organization honored Maxine Chan, Manny Lee, Abdul Naser Malik, Lua Pritchard, and the Seattle Chinese Athletic Association, as well Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.. The Golden Circle Awards recognizes the significant contributions awardees have made to better the community and improve the lives of Asian and Pacific Islanders in the Greater Seattle area.