Radical Characters is a study group and curatorial project that explores the relationship between design and culture in the Chinese and Chinese American community. We hope to co-build history and community by creating new dialogues through educational experiences. Each project is informed by a 汉字 Hanzi (Chinese character) and extends into the forms of exhibitions, publications, lectures, and workshops. At its core, Radical Characters openly seeks out community and shares collective knowledge within and beyond the Chinese and Chinese American community.

Mary Y. Yang, Founder
Zhongkai Li, Founder
Danielle Chang, Exhibition
and Design Assistant
Angie Ao, Editorial
Anni Qingyang Yu, Editorial
Jay Li, Editorial
Angela Lian, Editorial
Lucy Yan, Editor (English)
Yao Meng, Editor (Chinese)

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News & Selected Press
Communication Arts, Radical Return wins design competition and selected to appear in Design Annual 63 (September/October 2022 issue) of Communication Arts, 2022

Mass Cultural Council, Grant Recipient, 2022

Exhibition Review, The Type, Ryan Diaz, 2022

The Boston Globe, BU Art Galleries’ Radical Return selected as a Boston Globe Critic’s Pick, Cate McQuaid, 2021

WBUR News, 15 Art Exhibits Worth Exploring This Fall, Pamela Reynolds, 2021

Boston University College of Fine Arts, Boston University Art Galleries and IS A GALLERY present Radical Return, 2021

The Daily Free Press, Exhibition at Stone Gallery features work from Chinese and Chinese-American graphic designers, Claire Zhang, 2021

Boston University News Service, A Radical Concept: The Project Behind Radical Return, Zoe Allen, 2021

Asia Art Archive, Radical Return, 2021