1992 Rooster Stamps and commemorative envelopes, Courtesy of Elsa Lee, Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) Collection.
1992鸡年邮票和及纪念信封,Elsa Lee捐赠,美国华人博物馆(MOCA)馆藏

In 1992 the US Postal Service (USPS) decided to issue a Lunar New Year’s stamp in an effort to commemorate the accomplishments of Chinese Americans in the U.S. The USPS commissioned Hawaiian graphic designer Clarence Lee to create a stamp to celebrate the Year of the Rooster. It was the first stamp to ever have Chinese characters on it and became so well liked that it made more than $5 million in sales from the U.S. and China. Due to the stamps popularity, Lee was commissioned to produce 11 more stamps to complete a full Lunar New Year cycle.

Lee founded his design company Clarence Lee Design & Associates in 1966; he sold the firm in 2005. The firm was based out of Hawaii and created logos for many of the companies on the islands; this includes companies like Royal Kona Coffee, the Hawaii Convention Center, Hawaii Electric Industries, and Northwest Airlines. Lee was also given the opportunity to design a stamp for the Beijing Olympics. While Lee passed away at the age of 72 he will continue to be remembered through his work.