Chinese Calligraphy Demonstration for 

DFW International Airport in Celebration of American Airlines Flights from Dallas to Shanghai

by Dallas Chinese Calligrapher Joshua Hough

慶祝達拉斯至上海與香港直航 - 達福國際機場 書法揮毫

May 29, 2014


Selected Chinese Calligraphy Demonstration Videos and Pictures


DFW Airport on Chinese calligraphy scroll dedicated to the marketing department


The scrolls were not included in the initial price agreement with the airport's agent beforehand. 

After I wrote the first scroll as a gift for "DFW Airport", the agent and airport directors agreed 

to pay more for the scrolls since they liked the convenience of hanging a scroll without using a frame.





Many thanks to Lauren D. for organizing this event. We had been communicating with the airport in e-mails since January. It took us several hours in total to answer all the questions from the marketing department of DFW International Airport regarding the necessary preparations of this Chinese calligraphy demonstration in celebration of the flights between Dallas and Shanghai and Hong Kong.




Asian Pacific American Heritage Month (APAHM), now officially proclaimed Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, is a celebration of the culture, traditions, and history of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States. 

This year it turned out that May is the busiest month for me because I was contacted for nine calligraphy demonstrations, and I also have to teach two CalligraPainting classes during the weekends. One of the demonstrations was cancelled due to budget limit, and I could not do the other four demonstrations due to my work schedules. So only four demonstrations (Plano Asian Festival, Dragon Boat Festival, International Children's Festival, and May Celebration at DFW Airport) are scheduled for this month. It was really stressful and time consuming to communicate with emails and phone for the details of the demonstrations and to prepare all the necessary materials needed.




The last time I had a Chinese calligraphy demo for American Airlines was in 2006.


Samples written for the airport before today's event were given to the travellers.

活動前書寫的樣品, 在本日揮毫期間由機場人員直接贈與旅客



機場 = airport (The second character is written as a Variant Chinese Character 異體字 for artistic sake.)




I spent one hour from 3 to 4 AM to write those samples at home. The samples shown here are cloud ( ) in Walking Style. The samples were given to the travellers in the airport.

One of the travellers asked me why my writing of differed. I replied it's similar to handwriting style. We may search written by historical masters from the free Chinese calligraphy dictionary/database at and realize that the handwriting styles are written "within a range" that most people can recognize.





Chinese newspaper advertisement





Phonetic translations of English names to Chinese:



Sarah, Chris, Meagan, and Michael in Chinese calligraphy Walking Style



Translations of nouns to Chinese:



















Due to time limitation and other distractions, I have reproduced some of the calligraphy after the event and included them here for reference.

DFW Airport, family, daughter, eternity, James, Sarah, Kio***




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All selected videos and pictures have been uploaded on 2014.xx.xx.