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If you’re Asian or have an Asian background and had a bit of an Asian upbringing, you’re going to relate so hard.
A France-based graphic designer called Siyu Cao is making us chuckle with her spot-on accurate comics about growing up Chinese.
Born and bred in Beijing but spending much of her life abroad in the US and the UK, the artist draws black and white comics about her experience as a Chinese woman in Western surroundings through the alias ‘Tiny Eyes‘.
Aiming to portray the “big world through tiny Chinese eyes”, the funny comics feature everything from the differences in Chinese and Western family dynamics to figures of speech, traditions, and curious eating habits. Hitting the nail right on the head for anyone of Asian descent living abroad, it’s a light-hearted yet honest cultural commentary on customs and characteristics of different people.
Cao tells DesignTaxi, “Moving between cultures makes me more aware of their differences and similarities, as well as pushes me to reflect on what it means to be ‘Chinese’.” However, the artist is aiming to provide original insight, and not steer too much into stereotypes. “Many people that I met were curious about China, but their impressions of China would end up with words like ‘communist’, ‘pollution’ and ‘no Facebook’. While many facts are true, the contemporary, living, and multifaceted Chinese life is rarely heard of.”
Depicted everyday scenarios of growing up Chinese and drawing comparisons between Chinese and Western experiences, take a scroll through Cao’s comics below. You’re going to giggle.
All images cr: Tiny Eyes Comics
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