July 27 1956: Poem by Lim Lian Geok (Lin Lianyu)
Poem are being translated to English at the moment and will be uploaded over time.
August 5 1956: Selangor San Jiang Association members celebrate with cartoonist Huang Yao
(Our Kuala Lumpur correspondent reporting on the 5th) The current trip to Kuala Lumpur by Huang Yao the creator of "Niubizi" to give educational speeches to Chinese schools, has received accolades of praises from the education sector.
August 8 1956: Niubizi education cartoon exhibition
In 1956, Huang Yao was invited to Malaya (now called Malaysia) by the education minister, Tun Abdul Razak (who later became Prime Minister), to help shape the country’s adult education policies. Huang Yao remembered the invitation clearly: “[Tun Razak] told me that art was a common language and therefore welcomed me to stay [t]here.
August 8 to 10 1956 Niubizi education cartoon exhibition – Press and Media Clippings
Press and media clippings for the exhibition.
August 12 1956 About Niubizi and his painting by Wang Shizhao
“Niubizi” is an outstanding cartoon, but the creator of this cartoon is not called “Niubizi”. Twenty years ago, there was a newspaper Xinwen Bao in Shanghai that published Niubizi-themed cartoons which depicted the events in the world.
August 16 1956: Has returned to Singapore by car
“Niubizi” Mr. Huang Yao Has returned to Singapore by car He has made immense contribution to education during his stay in Kuala Lumpur
1957 to 1972 Huang Yao Seals engraved by Tao Shoubo
In our records, Tao Shoubo (1903 - 1977) had engraved 5 seals for Huang Yao.
1957: Xie Bingying
In Xie Bingying’s article, “牛鼻子其人其画”, she writes that she first met Huang Yao in 1957, in Penang, Malaysia.
July 26 1957: Message from the Minister for Education of Malaya
Cartoons can be understood by everybody. The Cartoon-drawing is a new art which has proved to be very interesting. Cartoons of an educational; nature can be of much benefit to the people and can have a stimulating effect to the intellect.
August 8 1957: Joint Exhibition of Ten Contemporary Chinese Artists
Exhibition dates: 8 August – 14 August 1957
August 23 1957 : NEWSBITS (Niubizi) Educational Cartoon Exhibition
Exhibition content: 1. National Language, 2. Good Citizens, 3. New Education system
December 1959: Ven. Zhu Mo
Ven. Zhu Mo born in China in 1913 and was fully ordained as a monk in 1928. He studied at the Minnan Buddhist Institute founded by the great reformer of Chinese Mahayana Buddhism, Dharma Master Tai Hsu.
1960s The Collection of Single Characters
Huang Yao compiled the many different ways of writing the same single Chinese character, from pictograph to oracle bone inscriptions and bronze scripts. Below every character, he noted the source in ‘caoshu’. There are a total of 74 pages.
1960s The Dictionary
The 'book/dictionary' has a total of 586 pages. Each page is for one character only. A few different ways of writing that character in oracle bone inscription, bronze script, ‘zhuan’, ‘li’ and ‘kai’ are included. There is also a description of the origin of the character and how it's shape, sound and meaning has changed over time. The sources for these descriptions were from classical Chinese reference materials.
1960s The Collection of Phrases
A set of 32 pages, similar to the ‘Collection of Single Characters’ but now the characters are grouped into phrases. These phrases are of auspicious sayings, idioms, Buddhist sayings or parts of poems. Using the example of ‘wan xiang geng xin’ or ‘everything takes a new look’, is similar to examples in Item1 but with four characters forming a phrase.
1960s to early 1970s The Calligraphic Sketches of Chinese Characters
Each sketch can be of a single character or a phrase of multiple characters. There are a total of 1,611 pages.For this example, Huang Yao chose 3goats to represent the phrase‘sanyangkaitai’; ‘sanyang’means 3 suns,but the sound yang can also mean goat, hence the choice.
1960s Huang Yao Seals engraved by Lu Dinggong
Lu Dinggong continued teaching after he left china.......
April 1963: Chen Jiying photograph
The note behind this photograph can be roughly translated as... To elder brother Jiatang (Huang Yao’s other name) and wife with remembrance: (Photo was taken in April 1963 at mother's 80th birthday.)
1967: Maxing Huaren Zhi published
1967 published by Ming Jian Press, Hong Kong.
Early 1970s The Calligraphic Sketches of Poems
This set consists of 24 sketches. Huang Yao had progressed from single word to phrases and now to a group of words, from Tang poems, Buddhist poems and even classical literature. The first page for each 'poem' has the characters of the poem written in a column on the left-hand side of the page.