Ms. Patricia Bjaaland Welch, M.A., is a former Lecturer in Asian Religion and Philosophy (College of Liberal Arts, Boston University) and an independent researcher and author of several books including Oxford University Press' Chinese New Year (1995) and Tuttle's Chinese Art: A Guide to Motifs and Visual Imagery (2008). In addition to research and writing, she enjoys sharing her passion for Asian art and culture and is an active study tour leader, museum docent, study tour guide, special lecturer, and cruise ship speaker. Her most recent article on "The Symbolism of Geese in H indu and Buddhist Art" is published in this month's issue of Arts of Asia (Jan-Feb 2014). She is currently working on a number of projects including a childrens' story that takes place in 'legendary China', an article on classical Chinese musical instruments, and another book on Southeast Asian art. A former full-time resident of Bangkok and docent member of the National Museum Volunteers, she moved to Singapore in 1995. Today, she divides her time between the two cities.
Patricia Bjaaland Welch’s lavishly-illustrated and clearly-written book lovingly unravel some of the rich symbolic code. This is the work of decades by a former professor, long-time docent and aficionado of this rich visual tradition. It is a volume belongs on the bookshelf of everyone with even a passing interest in Chinese art.