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1777

1777 - 1848 Huang Antao - Huang Yao's Great-Great Grandfather

1777 - 1848 Huang Antao - Huang Yao's Great-Great Grandfather

Once I went to a bookstore because of an appointment to look at some paintings. I did not expect that among the paintings I would find something written by my great-great grandfather, Huang Antao.

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1917

1917 to 1933  Huang Yao's Early Life

1917 to 1933 Huang Yao's Early Life

Huang Yao describes some of his childhood in an article entitled, “My Father”.

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1917

1917 Birth year of Huang Yao

1917 Birth year of Huang Yao

On his birthday 11 Feb 1975 (Lunar calender year), he painted the above painting and wrote on it that he was 59 years old (Chinese calculation is a year older), which made him born in 1917.There have been a number of accounts that Huang Yao was born anywhere between 1911 and 1917.

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1933

1933 Huang Yao Assistant Editor

1933 Huang Yao Assistant Editor

In Bi Keguan’s “Manhua de Hua yu Hua” (2002), he interviews Mu Yilong who mentioned Huang Yao began work an assistant editor at Xinwen Bao (Shanghai Post).

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1935

1935 Sketches of Huang Yao by Ye Qianyu and Lu Shaofei and Lu Zhiyang

1935 Sketches of Huang Yao by Ye Qianyu and Lu Shaofei and Lu Zhiyang

Sketches of Huang Yao by Ye Qianyu, Lu Shaofei and Lu Zhiyang.

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1936

October 1 1936: Cartoon published in Manhua Jie issue 7

October 1 1936: Cartoon published in Manhua Jie issue 7

This image first appeared in October 1936, before the First National Cartoon Exhibition which was held on November 4, 1936. The title of this image is "The Cartoon Circle on a hilltop on Chong Yang Festival". The Chong Yang Festival occurs on the 23rd of October. The cartoon was done by Wang Zimei.

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1937

October 27 1937: Huang Yao Leaves Shanghai

October 27 1937: Huang Yao Leaves Shanghai

Huang Yao wrote that he left Shanghai during the last defense of Shanghai by the Chinese battalion in the Sihang Warehouse in October. About his trip after leaving Shanghai, “First I went via Wu Songkou, took a boat to Ningbo, (to pay my respect to my mother) stayed at Chao Er Jiang for 2 days, then left for Hang Zhou, waited for another 2 days (if it did not rain the Japanese would be bombing the area), from Jing Kang Guo Dao, I headed for Nanjing.

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1938

March 10 1938 Shanghai and Cartoons in 1938

March 10 1938 Shanghai and Cartoons in 1938

Although the rest of the country was at war, Shanghai was like an island as the concession areas were not much affected. However, the Shanghai cartoon world was quiet. A bi-monthly magazine called, ‘Huaji Shijie’ (Funny World) printed cartoons without the creator’s names.

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1938

March 30 1938 Gao Lingmei

March 30 1938 Gao Lingmei

Huang Yao first met with his friend, the photographer, Gao Lingmei (he was the photographer for artist Zhang Daqian) in Nanjing. It was in Gao’s brothers photo studio by the river in Nanjing in late 1937.

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1938

April to August 1938 Huang Yao and Zheng Baolin

April to August 1938 Huang Yao and Zheng Baolin

Huang Yao wrote, “Fudan University had moved to Beipei near Chongqing and had restarted their classes in February of 1938. I met Xie Liuyi, the head of the Journalism Department who invited me to give a talk. The title of the talk was caricature portraits. At the end of the talk, the students were asked to draw a caricature of Xie.” Zheng Baoling ’s (later Huang Yao’s wife) sketch was particularly outstanding and caught his eye.

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1939

January 1939: Huang Yao and Chen Jiying

January 1939: Huang Yao and Chen Jiying

Chen Jiying (1908 – 1997) Writer from Hebei, China. Graduated from Harbin University in political science. In 1924 began to publish articles in Beiping's “Morning Newspaper”. Later, he organized the Harbin International Newspaper Association's weekly literary magazine “Pei Lei”.

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1939

December 1939: Niubizi Digging War Trenches

December 1939: Niubizi Digging War Trenches

Huang Yao wrote in the preface to his "The Three Talks of Niubizi" that his other instructional book, ‘The Ten Talks of Niubizi’ was written in a...

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1942

1942 Friends in Guiyang - Xie Liuyi

1942 Friends in Guiyang - Xie Liuyi

Although huang Yao was famous as a cartoonist, he was by profession a journalist in both Shanghai and Chongqing.

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1942

Summer 1942 Ermei Shan

Summer 1942 Ermei Shan

Huang Yao visited Emei Shan for the third and last time. He wrote about his experience staying in a monastery up in Emei mountains and the philosophy lessons he learned by observing it's abbot...

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1942

1942 and 1944 Guiyang

1942 and 1944 Guiyang

During the 8 years of War of Resistance, Huang Yao was in Guiyang for only a total of about half a year while he was in Chongqing for almost 5 years, in Guilin for one and a half years.

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1942

1942: Chen Hengan of Guiyang

1942: Chen Hengan of Guiyang

Once I reached Guiyang, I noticed that all the shop signs were written by the same person. The construction of the calligraphy was roundish and had a style like Yan Zhenqing.

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1943

February 1943: Niubizi visiting the Miao Area appearing in Travel Magazine

February 1943: Niubizi visiting the Miao Area appearing in Travel Magazine

In Guilin, it was recorded that Huang Yao’s artworks were published, including cartoons, sketches, propaganda artwork and sketches of his ‘Visit to the Miao Area’, there is mention of specially commissioned Niu Bizi cartoons that appeared in ‘Travel Magazine’ and Saodang News.

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1943

May 5 1943 Poet’s Day

May 5 1943 Poet’s Day

Huang Yao got along well with Liu Yazi and often met with him and other friends to discuss the creation of art in the wartime.

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1944

1944 Huang Yao leaves Guilin

1944 Huang Yao leaves Guilin

When Huang Yao left Guilin and returned to Guiyang in 1944, he left two sets of woodblock prints and other art works at Lequnshe, which were all destroyed by the bombing of Guilin.

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1944

1944 Refugees from Guangxi to Guizhou

1944 Refugees from Guangxi to Guizhou

One has to cross Jinchengjiang to get from Guangxi’s Liuzhou to get to Guizhou. One has to pass through “Du Yun” and “Du Shan”.

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