In last week’s issue of the Sampan Newspaper, we talk about surviving a zombie apocalypse.
Love is dead as I know it.
Hong Kong pop diva Sammi Cheng’s husband was found to be cheating on her with a starlet. Why would you do her wrong like that, Andy Hui? And then, Sammi forgives him?
That story about the young whale being found dead with a stomach full of plastic? It really hit me. The visuals of plastic bags being pulled out of the whale carcass was disturbing. The more scary part is that this is going to be a common occurrence from here on out.
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It’s just a different expression of love…the kind of different expression that helps you to quickly develop thick skin – OR, you learn how to cry on the inside.
In Friyay’s issue of the Sampan Newspaper.
Sometimes, not everyone is excited about the lunar new year…especially when it’s your turn to give.
Are you all ready for the new year? Well, I finally put away the xmas tree and…that’s about as much as I’ve done to prepare. So, don’t feel bad because all that matters is that you not swear; don’t sweep/clean; and avoid the salon – just greet everyone with a happy new year message…
so 恭喜發財! 新年快樂! 心想事成!
This year the celebrations start on Tuesday, February 5th. So, you’ve still got some time to clean your home from top to bottom and to get a haircut before it’s too late because once February 5th rolls by no more cleaning and hair cutting else bad luck shall befall you for the rest of the year.
— Fresh off the Boat (@FreshOffABC) March 15, 2017
I posted an EBG comic strip about this tragic phenomenon a few years back. Am I plagued by this? Most certainly. Do I care? No.
I sent a tweet to Universalhub with my comic “Chinatown Changes” a few weeks back. Writer sent me a tweet back and wanted to chat some more about it for a piece she was writing about what’s been happening with Chinatown.
“When I first started [at Nintendo], it wasn’t uncommon to be the only woman on the entire team,” said Kyogoku during the recent Game Developers Conference. READ FULL ARTICLE
Females play video games too. Why would you want to disregard this whole other demographic? But glad that changes are being made.[via Wired]
Working out the comic for Monday as well as for Friday.
My favorite doodle tools? 3B pencil, Staples pencil sharpener, and tracing paper — I like the smooth and soft texture of it…plus, I can flesh out my initial stick figure sketches with it.
And so before I leave for my trip to Japan and Thailand in 6 days — *gulp* — I definitely want to squeeze in a couple comics.
The one coming up on Friday is set at a diner with a little racism thrown in to spice things up.
Oh, you silly people always asking me where I’m from ‘cuz saying that I’m from Boston, born and bred, is never sufficient. Oh, and how I don’t speak with an accent…which then makes me wonder so what if I did speak with an accent?
It’s 2013. People need to get out more.
I will be following some of the traditions like going vegetarian for the day, not cutting my hair, and not swearing — which might be hard.
One tradition I refuse to follow? This business of not bathing. Sorry, but personal hygiene trumps superstition.
On another note, they say that the Year of the Snake is not that great. But I was born in the year of the snake and I say that it’s going to be amazing. So there.
Recently, I did a Q&A with JadeLuck Club, Celebrating Asian American Creativity.
1) Tell me about yourself. How old are you? What are you currently doing? Do you live in Boston? In Boston’s Chinatown?
Well, I was born and raised in Boston — primarily Jamaica Plain. Ever since I could remember I loved drawing and playing with words & images together. But, it wasn’t until much later — after graduating from UMass Amherst and working in the web development field — that I decided to actively pursue art. Currently, I’m the design director at Mimoco (www.mimoco.com), best known for the MIMOBOT designer USB flash drives. And during my off days — if I have much time left — I work on my comic Empty Bamboo Girl (www.emptybamboogirl.com)
2) Tell me about your childhood. How much does Ah Lin! reflect your family? Does your family own a Chinese restaurant, for example?
I grew up in a pretty typical Chinese immigrant family household. My dad worked as a cook in a Chinese restaurant out in the suburbs (and which he still does to this very day) and my mother started off as a seamstress back when the Leather District in Chinatown was bustling with fabric manufacturing. They worked hard so that my brother and I could have opportunities that they never had.
3) How did you get into cartooning? How did your parents feel about it?
I didn’t seriously get into it until I started working at the Sampan Newspaper, a small local newspaper in English and Chinese based out of Boston. I was writing for them at the time — putting my journalism degree to good use. But then the editor at the time and I started talking and he suggested putting together a comic for the newspaper. I liked drawing (he knew it) + writing so I thought I’d take a stab at it. I’ve been working on the comic ever since.
But as far as I can remember I’ve always been doodling.
4) What career did your parents want you to pursue? What did you decide to pursue?
Of course, my parents wanted me to study something that would give me a financially secure future — so something in the science or medical or accounting fields. My older brother studied biology and went into the biotech industry. But, I wasn’t science-minded whatsoever. So, while at UMass Amherst, I studied journalism since that was the only major that interested me. Studying art seemed to be out of the question. My parents weren’t enthusiastic about it and I didn’t have enough in me at the time to go for it.
So, I graduated and got a job at a publishing house doing something I was slightly interested in. It wasn’t until a few years later that I decided it was time to pursue art. I wasn’t happy so I applied to MassArt and was floored when I got accepted. My parents weren’t too happy, but by then I was old enough and determined enough.
5) Would you describe your mother as a “Tiger Mom?” And if yes, how so?
My mom is an old school “Tiger Mom.” No sleepovers (although my friends could come over). There were violin lessons but that came out of my own initial interest during grade school where our music classes were subsidized. She and many mothers of her generation had to be “Tiger Mothers.” Coming from poor circumstances with little education and immigrating to a country they knew nothing about meant that they had to make sure their children would have a better future than they did. I don’t think it’s simply about going to Harvard for the name (well, maybe), but moreso I don’t want you to have to struggle working in a restaurant 10+ hours a day or sewing non-stop. But, it can become intense — the amount of pressure that’s placed to succeed. As a kid, you don’t understand…and for some, they’re able to understand as they get older while others can’t step back from it and it can get to them.
I’ve chosen to step back and find the humor — if possible.
6) What’s next for you? What do you hope to accomplish with your cartoon strip?
What’s next for the comic strip is developing it into a graphic novel. So, I’m going back to old comic pieces I’ve done and writing to make that happen — hopefully it’ll be finished by the end of the year.
7) Is there significance for your comic strip title, Empty Bamboo Girl? What do you intend for it to convey?
The term “empty bamboo” or “hollow bamboo” is a cantonese term (jook sing) for American Born Chinese folk — it’s a bit derogatory because it means that you look Chinese on the outside but you don’t possess anything authentically Chinese on the inside…you’re hollow like a bamboo. But, for me, I want to take back that term and embrace it. So, what if I am? Does that make me any less Chinese? No. I’m Chinese American…Asian American…and this is my experience.
I just hope that there are those who can identify with the comic strip and not feel alone in their situation — to find the humor in it all. Or, maybe I just need to find some company in my misery
Read the Q&A here. Much thanks to Mia who runs the site!
I found Lillian Chan on Twitter. She claims that no one knows about her cartoon, Ah-Lin!, but I hope to change that! I hope she doesn’t mind that I am posting her cartoon on an imaginary encounter with her parents on Facebook. For more of her cartoons, click here. She turns her upbringing by a Tiger Mom into a cute, appealing, and funny cartoon strip. Check her out!
Thanks JadeLuckClub, Celebrating Asian American Creativity!
Forgot to post this, but I was also Angry Reader of the Week for 1/15/2010 🙂
Gather ’round, good people. It’s time to meet another Angry Reader of the Week, spotlighting you, the very special readers of this website. Over the years, I’ve been able to connect with a lot of cool folks, and this is a way of showing some appreciation and attention to the people who help make this blog what it is. This week’s Angry Reader is “doodler & dreamer extraordinaire” Lillian Chan.
Who are you?
A doodler & dreamer extraordinaire; indie comic artist — so indie that no one knows about me 😛
What are you?
I’m the daughter of Chinese immigrants, who taught me how to dream — even though they didn’t mean to.
Where are you?
Boston, where it is cold like a mutha…
Where are you from?
Born & raised in Boston, MA.
To read the full Q&A, go to AngryAsianMan!