1947-1951 Words of a Child
Children appeared as supporting characters in Huang Yao’s cartoons during the period of 1934 to 1947 in Shanghai and the interior of China. But in Hong Kong, he produced cartoon ‘Haizi de Hua’ or ‘Words of a Child’ devoted specifically to children’s point of view of the island’s society in the late 1940s. It is possible, that his son who was born in 1944, could have asked him ques-tions inspiring him to create this set of cartoon.
This set of 50 pieces is about a moderately well to do family in Hong Kong after the war. They are bai-miao or fine outline drawings of Chinese brush and ink. It is about a boy and his interac-tions with his parents, his sister and her boyfriend, his uncle and aunt. The title is a question or remark made by the child reflecting his reaction to the people and things around him. He is usu-ally seen with his dog, his constant companion as in the image below. The man holding a coin is his uncle and the child is asking, ‘what is money? I don’t know!’ which reflects such innocence! Most young children today know early that money is needed to buy toys or sweets.
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