Artist Stevie Shao illustrates her Asian American heritage

Exclusive artwork for UPS Express boxes celebrates AAPI-owned small businesses
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Meet the artist: Stevie Shao is a Seattle born and raised second generation Chinese-American artist, illustrator and muralist. Her colorful and patterned illustrations draw inspiration from her Chinese heritage and she takes pride in sharing it with the world. 

As part of UPS’s latest Proudly Unstoppable campaign highlighting the rich heritage of the Asian American and Pacific Islander community, Stevie’s artwork Ascending Tiger will be featured on UPS Express boxes in May – you can get yours here!

"I'm proud to represent my roots in this partnership and show that with determination, our community can thrive,” Stevie said. 

About the artwork: Stevie included bamboo in the background of the artwork as a symbol of persistence and growth in the face of change. In addition, tigers are a symbol of strength that wards off evil, while butterflies represent growth and transformation

Our support runs deep: Proudly Unstoppable is a campaign designed to amplify and uplift diverse small businesses and the communities they serve. AAPI-owned businesses interested in grant opportunities can check out UPS Ignite, a program designed to give diverse entrepreneurs access to the resources and tools they need to help grow their business. 

Click here to order a Proudly AAPI-owned UPS Express Box, available for a limited time only. You can also learn more about the AAPI-owned SMBs we’re spotlighting in this year’s campaign here

ICYMI: In 2022, The UPS Foundation invested nearly $1.5 million to advance initiatives supporting the AAPI community globally, including organizations like the International Justice Mission, India SME Forum and Asian Americans Advancing Justice. And there’s much more we’re proud of:  

  • Since launching the Women’s Exporters Program, we’ve equipped women-owned-and-led small businesses across the Asia-Pacific region with the skills to grow and develop their companies’ export capabilities. 
  • We’re proud that more than 48% of U.S. employees are of diverse backgrounds. In 2022, we reached 36.8% ethnically diverse U.S. management and 26.5% women in global full-time management. And our Board includes 31% ethnically diverse members and 46% women.  
  • Our employee-led Asian Business Resource Group (ABRG) includes nearly 900 active members across seven international chapters.   

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