It is a misfortune that Colombia have in the past been engrossed with the violence and illegal drug problems within the country, which have taken up all her attention. As a by-product, Colombia has been branded – a dangerous place, and has isolated herself.
Now she’s catching up, the peace talks are under way to finally clean up FARC once and for all, series of free trade agreements are on their way (the one with South Korea got signed yesterday), and lots of international companies like LG and Huawei have invested heavily in Colombia and have strong presence here. Colombia is fostering international relationships on all fronts, diplomatically, commercially and intellectually.
And contrary to what some of my readers’ think, that I bad-mouth Colombia, I actually think the country is very beautiful and has a lot to offer to the rest of the world.
Two of my dear friends Hiromi and Paolo have designed the logo above for the blog. It depicts a gun, which is likely to be the visual that pops up most people’s mind when they hear Colombia. My designers have been following the blog closely, and like other readers, have learnt that Colombia an amazing country that has been overlooked by the world, and that all the semantics that are associated with a gun is only a small component of the Colombian life.
Instead of bullets, the gun shoots stars, which are adopted from the Chinese flag as many of you may have noticed. The stars effectively embody One Chinese of the blog, and more importantly, the powerful ideas and concepts that that come out of the blog. So, instead of symbolising its usual connotations, this gun is the iconoclastic travesty that annihilates all the assumptions people may have about the country.
It’s clever and beautiful, ain’t it?
Unfortunately, I won’t be using the logo because I feel that it projects an image that’s too strong. So, I’m featuring the logo here to express my gratitude to my friends.