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Taiwanese illustrator wins award in U.S.

2012/04/14 17:51:45

Los Angeles, April 13 (CNA) Taiwanese student Mago Huang has been named as one of the 12 illustrator winners of the L. Ron Hubbard's Writers & Illustrators of the future and will be honored at an award presentation ceremony Sunday.

The award is bestowed by a foundation established through a donation of L. Ron Hubbard, American pulp fiction author and religious leader who founded the Church of Scientology.

Huang, a freshman at California College of the Arts in San Francisco, said she was inspired by a book that describes how a teacher tries to make a breakthrough.

She said she started to learn to draw in her elementary school years, and won competitions while attending Wu-Chuan Junior High School in Taichung, central Taiwan.

After emigrating to the United States five years ago, she won Honorable Achievement in the fifth annual Safeway-Lucerne art competition "The Art of Dairy," which involved drawing a cow using various designs.

Her dream is to illustrate children's books and art magazines.

"If everyone spends a little time looking at a piece of art, they too can imagine a magical world," she said recently in explaining her attachment to the art form.

The foundation said over 1,000 illustrations from more than 150 countries were entered in the competition this year, and Huangemerged as the youngest winner and the only winner of Asian descent.

The presentation ceremony will be held at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre in Los Angeles.

(By Oscar Wu and Lilian Wu)