Press Interviews

Make your own luck: A Chinese New Year’s tale of following your dreams to find the perfect careerFebruary 18, 2010
In A Gift, family members in China create a Chinese New Year’s gift to send to their young niece, Amy, in the U.S. It’s the kind of book a family not unlike Chen’s might use to explain customs surrounding the New Year — which this year was Sunday, Feb. 14 — to generations raised in America. For Chen, the book is part of the larger story of the direction of his life, a direction he might not have foreseen while teaching chemistry in China or working in a Chinatown grocery store in Boston unable to speak English... Read article>

The beauty of A GiftFebruary 7, 2010
A story written by Sarah Earle for both Concord Monitor and Nashua TelegraphNashua artist Yong Chen. Story entitled as "City author's 'Gift' offers good lesson": ... With varying degrees of sincerity, many of us grown-ups will tell our significant others we don’t need presents for Valentine’s Day next week. Our children engage in no such games. They want gifts, darn it, and they aren’t afraid to say so.... Read article>

The beauty of A GiftFebruary 7, 2010
A book review by Sarah Earle for both Concord Monitor and Nashua TelegraphNashua artist Yong Chen expertly captures that beauty in a book titled just that, A Gift. The sparely written, lavishly illustrated book, published last September, tells the story of a young Chinese-American girl who receives a package from her relatives living on the other side of the world, in rural China. It's set during Chinese New Year, which this year happens to fall on Valentines Day... Read article>

Yong Chen was on Television as featured Chinse American in the United States The summer of 2009 on Chinese Television Interview
A trip to China, Yong's home country to meet with his hometown media and friends. He accepted the interviews with a TV network, a dairy newspaper, and a radio show about him and his newest children's book... Click here to watch the feature television interview >

BHCC-Bunker Hill Community College Magazine Artist Yong Chen was interviewed and featured on a major Chinese newspaper in the summer of 2009

During the visit in China in the summer of 2009, Yong was interviewed by a major Chinese newspaper "Jiangman Daily Newspaper" about the artist life since his arrival to the United States, and how he reinvented his newartistic career as a college professor, autor, illustrator and professional artist. This feature storywas entitled as "Let the world know the real Chinese culture"... Click here to read about it >

BHCC-Bunker Hill Community College MagazineJanuary, 2008
Chen came to the United States at the age of 26 to be with family members who had immigrated several years before. When he decided to go back to school, he says, "Communication skills were the first obstacle for me to overcome. The ESL program was the reason I first stepped through the door at BHCC. When I began studying at Bunker Hill Community College, I realized that I did have a purpose in coming to this country," he said. By 1993, Yong Chen made the transition to Massachusetts College of Art–and to his career as an artist in America.(BHCC Magazine) Read article>

Yong Chen on TV NewsMarch 1, 2005
The watercolors of Yong Chen are on display in the Image Gallery at the Nashua Public Library during January and February. Yong Chen is a graphic designer and illustrator who lives in Nashua and grew up in China. He has been drawing and painting since the age of four. As a young adult. (Sunday Telegraph) Read article>

Overcoming barriers in a new worldJanuary 30, 2005
An interview conducted in the Nashua Public Library Image Gallery, during my exhibit of my watercolor paintings. The article called "Overcoming the barriers in a new world"...Chen grew up in a village in southern China that was rich in culture and tradition. At a young age, he grew to love music and art. Read article>

World Gallery Online made the first waveFebruary 3, 2005
The Internet has changed the way people do a lot of things, but you’d think visiting an art gallery wouldn’t be one of them. People who buy art usually do so because they fall in love with a piece. It moves them or speaks to them, or would look really great above the mantle. ... New Cyber-gallery Open (Hippo Nashua) Read article>

The Art of Perseverance: Chinese Artist Yong Chen Speaks about Art.February 15, 1996
A phone interview after my one-person watercolor painting exhibit in the Bunker Hill Art Gallery. Life has never been easy for an artist. Since ancient times, painters have been isolated, unrecognized and then only after death, given some credit. Times, however, have changed and Yong Q. Chen, who is currently exhibiting his art work at the Bunker Hill Gallery, shows us that...In 1989, maybe still in search for himself, Yong immigrated to the US Life wasn't easy in the states ... Read article>

Portrait of an artist, Yong Chen in a college gallery speaks about art.September 16, 1996
Sunday Telegraph, An interview by Diane Rietman, a staff reporter of Telegraph. Chen's combination of watercolors, oils, portraits and traditional Chinese painting make up the exhibit "East to West: Paintings by Yong Chen." Read article>

Yong Chen on TV NewsApril 1995
There was Spring of 1995 when I was a senior of illustration in Massachusetts College of Art. I was selected to participate in the Art to the State House project... On the TV WBZ News when I was doing portraits in the Massachusetts State House Spring 1995.
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