Drawing the News: To Hong Kong, With Love
Cartoonists in Hong Kong and beyond show their support for the protests, reinvigorated after talks between students and the government were abruptly called off.
Hong Kong artist Hello Wong shares illustrated guides to Hong Kong during the protests. In this cartoon, post October 4, (s)he “clarifies” who the aggressors are in the streets. Last week, unidentified men clashed with protesters and tore down their encampments. Meanwhile, Chinese state media has blamed “foreign forces” for the “chaos” caused by the protesters. (Hello Wong)
Jiejie & UncleCat are a cartooning duo bridging the Hong Kong/Taiwan divide. They posted this cartoon yesterday, after Hong Kong Chief Secretary Carrie Lam called off government talks with student protesters. “The occupiers are dwindling—no need for talks,” Lam muses in the first panel. But instead of a quiet walk home, she faces a swarm in front of the government buildings in Admiralty. The cancellation of talks drew people to protest once again. (Jiejie & UncleCat 爵爵港不停)
Guan Yu, a hero of Chinese folklore, bumps into another man of the people. “You’re here, too?” “I have no choice,” Jesus replies. “Carrie Lam called.” Both hold umbrellas, which became symbols of the protests after they were used to fend off tear gas fired by police. (Kong Chi Lo)
A strongman with the hammer and sickle for a face—the Chinese Communist Party—strangles a yellow ribbon, another symbol of the protests. But the strongman is struggling, while the ribbon still holds itself erect. (Rebel Pepper 变态辣椒)
New York based artist Yuko Shimizu puts a contemporary spin on Japanese woodblock prints. On Twitter, she shares this image in support of the Hong Kong protesters. Buffeted by autumn winds and arrows, three people stay strong with the help of an umbrella shield. (Yuko Shimizu)
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