Chinese New Year Cards

Chinese New Year Cards

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New Years Fireworks in China

Chinese New Year is the most important celebration in the Chinese culture. Sometimes called the Lunar New Year, the festival traditionally begins on the first day of the first lunar month in the Chinese calendar (which is January 23 in 2012) and ends 15 days later.

This year, AIUSA is asking individuals to mark the Chinese New Year by sending greeting cards to the Chinese authorities, wishing them a happy new year and asking them to release Shi Tao, a Chinese journalist imprisoned for sending an email to a pro-democracy website in the US. Greeting cards with messages of hope can also be sent to Shi Tao, in solidarity during this important holiday.

There are two ways to take action:

1. Send your cards to Shi Tao: Let him know that he's not alone in his fight for human rights
2. Send your cards to Chinese authorities: Send them kind wishes for the New Year, and ask for the release of Shi Tao

Cards for Shi Tao

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New Years Greeting Card

Look for Chinese New Year greeting cards at your local Asian stores and send positive messages to Shi Tao. If you don't have access to an Asian market, you can make your own cards or try the following links (print the card in color, fold it, and use an envelope of appropriate size):
Sample Card A
Sample Card B

When you write to Shi Tao, please follow these guidelines:

  • It is best to keep your comments simple and personal. DO NOT use Amnesty International cards or envelopes. DO NOT comment on his case or the political situation in China.
  • Sample messages:
      "I wish you good health in the new year."
      "We are thinking of you. You are not forgotten."
  • Amnesty International recommends sending cards to Shi Tao in a batch. Therefore, please collect the cards for your group and mail them to the Individuals at Risk Team at AIUSA by January 13th:
      Amnesty International USA
      Individuals at Risk / Shi Tao
      600 Pennsylvania Ave SE
      Washington DC, 20003

 

Cards for Chinese Authorities

Follow the instructions above when purchasing, creating or downloading Chinese New Year greeting cards.

When you write to Chinese government authorities, please follow these guidelines:

  • Feel free to add your own words of concern about Shi Tao and about the restrictions on freedom of expression in China.
  • Sample message:
      "You can help bring good news to a prisoner of conscience and his family in the New Year. Please release Shi Tao from prison."
  • Airmail postage from the U.S. to China for a 1 or 2-sheet letter is 98 cents ($0.98).
  • Mail cards to as many of the officials listed below as you can. While Chinese New Year begins on January 23, 2012, you can continue sending cards to the authorities through the end of February.

Addresses for Chinese Government Authorities

President of the People's Republic of China
HU Jintao Guojia Zhuxi
The State Council General Office
2 Fuyoujie
Xichengqu
Beijingshi 100017
People's Republic of China
Salutation: Your Excellency

Vice-President of the People's Republic of China
ZENG Qinghong Guojia Fuzhuxi
The State Council General Office
2 Fuyoujie
Xichengqu
Beijingshi 100017
People's Republic of China
Salutation: Your Excellency

Prime Minister of the People's Republic of China
WEN Jiabao Guojia Zongli
The State Council General Office
2 Fuyoujie
Xichengqu
Beijingshi 100017
People's Republic of China
Salutation: Your Excellency

Minister of Foreign Affairs of the People's Republic of China
YANG Jiechi Buzhang
Waijiaobu
2 Chaoyangmen Nandajie
Chaoyang District
Beijingshi 100701
People's Republic of China
Salutation: Your Excellency

Minister of Justice of the People's Republic of China
WU Aiying Buzhang
Sifabu
10 Chaoyangmen Nandajie
Chaoyangqu
Beijingshi 100020
People's Republic of China
Salutation: Dear Minister

Minister of Industry and Information Technology of the People's Republic of China
LI Yizhong Buzhang
Xingxi Canyebu
13 Xichanganjie
Xichengqu
Beijingshi 100804
People's Republic of China
Salutation: Your Excellency

President of the Ningxia Hui Autonomous Regional Higher People's Court
HEI Junying Yuanzhang
Ningxia Hui Zizhiqu Gaoji Renmin Fayuan
50 Jiefang Xijie
Yinchuanshi 750001
Ningxia Hui Zizhiqu
People's Republic of China
Salutation: Dear President

Director of the Ningxia Hui Autonomous Regional Department of Justice
MA Yongxia Tingzhang
Ningxia Hui Zizhiqu Sifating
361 Jiefangxijie
Yinchuanshi 750001
Ningxia Hui Zizhiqu
People's Republic of China
Salutation: Dear Director

Ambassador Zhang Yesui
Embassy of the People's Republic of China
3505 International Place, NW
Washington, DC 20008
Salutation: Your Excellency