Chinese Artist Makes These Comics Comparing Chinese With Western Culture

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Siyu, a comic artist born and raised in Beijing, traveled the world a lot and got to live in a few different countries, including France, the United Kingdom, and the U.S. Wherever she went, Sijy got many questions about Chinese culture. At one point, she decided it was easier to start a comic about it and that’s how Tiny Eyes was born.

Why that name?

“Because it’s one of the common stereotypes of Chinese, among many others, Siyu writes on her website. “This generalised and often distorted image of China that we got from mass media is usually heavy, dull, political, and mystified. In contrast, this comic hopes to creates a fun, intimate and authentic space that serves as an alternative channel to people who are curious about China.”

Scroll down to see her comics.

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In 1982, the “One Child Policy”was officially implemented as one of the basic national policies of China. No one has expected that only after 30 years, this policy has become history facing the rapidly aging population. Couples are now encouraged to have a second child, not only for the sake of family planning, but also for the future of the nation. Ironically, the end of the “One Child Policy” didn’t lead to immediate population growth. Many friends of mine who live in big cities are worried about not being able to afford a second child, or not having enough time and energy to take care of their children due to the high social pressure. What’s more, women’s idea about having children has also evolved as they received higher education. Many choose to have children later in their life, and some, not having children at all. Maybe we could get some inspiration by looking at similar cases in the past such as Sweden in the 1930s and 1940s when birth rate was at its low point. Following the proposal of Swedish economists Alva and Gunnar Myrdal, social reform and policies were implemented to support families, including better maternal and child healthcare, free delivery, maternity and housing benefits, and general child allowances. It focused on improving the quality of life, and the birthrate started to rise as a result. #onechildpolicy #china #parent #change #family #socialreform #irony #sliceoflife #webtoon #webcomic #comics #tinyeyescomics

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Several international studies reveal how little the latest generation of youngsters know about the foods they eat and the animals that produce them. The same for fruit and vegetables. A considerable number of kids have no idea where sugar came from, or that bacons are made from pigs, and bananas grow on plants. It’s a global phenomenon. China has a long agricultural history, and the relation between people and nature used to be very close. Ancient Chinese observed their environment, weather and animals closely in order to understand how they are connected to each other and how to survive in times of change. The cycle of their everyday life is in accordance with the cycle of the seasons. Industrialisation and urbanisation has made separation between people and their natural environment possible. New technologies have made everything easier. Food and and other goods simply “appear” on the shelves, ready to be picked up. Growing up in big cities, I benefit a lot from this type of convenience, but when I only see the final result instead of the process and connections behind it, it’s really easy to stop caring and asking questions about where my food come from and how things are made. Does everyone get their justice in the process? Does our land and ocean get hurt by what I consume? The false idea of ”independency” can be dangerous for modern human. Common challenge: How can we make the connections more visible and help each other understand our positions in the larger cycle ? #nature #connections #process #food #modernlife #separation #chineseculture #globalchallenge #foodforthought #webcomic #sliceoflife #children #tinyeyescomics

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