August 1938: At the Backlines of Chongqing 2

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At the Backlines of Chongqing

‘At the Backlines of Chongqing – 2’ (32 pages) was published by Tieshe publishing. The introduction was by the International Anti Aggression Representative, Mr. Edgar Ansel Mounir in English and Chinese,

'A victory by Japan would be a defeat of the human spirit. A Chinese victory means human progress. Every man, woman and child in China has a duty to perform. But the rest of the world must help.'

There was no preface by Huang Yao, maybe because he had already wrote one in the first book.  ‘At the Backlines of Chongqing – 1’, which remains not found yet.

In this book, he drew and commented on what he saw in Chongqing. There were satires of the wartime society in Chongqing, both the government and the communists were not spared. Could this be a reason why later he did not follow the Nationalist government to Taiwan nor remain in the mainland with the Communist China? He had offended both of them through his cartoons.

Towards the end of 1986, he was interviewed by Cheng Rongning (1986) of the Taiwanese art magazine, 'Yishu Jia' about his life and his works, in particular the Niu Bizi of the 1930s and 1940s. On asking whether he would draw the Niu Bizi of the earlier period again, his reply was “It is easy to get into trouble with cartoons. I am not a citizen of this country, I have to contain whatever dissatisfaction I may have.” Cheng Rongning added that, "Niu Bizi had brought Huang Yao much fame but he had to leave the country he fought for and loved so very much."

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