Dispatches from China’s Earthquake
Comic Book Resources interviews comic book artist Coco Wang, who created a series of comics about the Sichuan earthquake. Her series is reposted on this site. In the interview, she explains why she created the series:
My purpose of creating these comics is that I want to create a forever monument of the victims, dead people, rescuers and volunteers of 5.12 earthquake. A way to let everyone in the world remember this event, remember the sorrow and regrets, remember the love, courage, hope and kindness of every Chinese who was involved in the earthquake. Especially, I want the foreign people to know these stories. I lived for almost 10 years in the UK and was exposed to Western culture, so I understand the way Western people see Chinese people. They see too little, they know too little, they remember us by Chinese food take-away, Bruce Lee, pandas, dagons, kung-fu. Giving wrong comments before fully understanding the situation is an easy thing to do. I am not saying that Western people should start learning our great Chinese culture, but I hope they can realizes that there are far more to Chinese people than meets the eye, as you said, understand the tragedy, understand the Chinese people in real, human terms. Instead of looking at us as fried-noodle cook, toy manufacturers or post-production animators, and being able to see our great capacity for kindness, generosity and courage.