Classical Chinese Comic Books Going abroad

  • Source:CPG | 2018-07-12

With unique Chinese classical features, Chinese comic books such as The Monkey King Thrice Defeats the Skeleton Demon”, “The Romance of West Chamber”, “The Cowherd and the Weaving Maid”, “Tale of the White Snake”, “Strange Stories from a Chinese Studio” and “The Water Margin”?have appealed a great participants on various exhibitions including Romania Book Fair, Paris International Book Fair, Abu Dhabi International Book Fair, Havana International Book Fair, and Bologna International Children’s Book Fair.

“Currently, foreign people are more and more interested in Chinese traditional culture. The whole international publishing industry is looking for excellent content, be it Chinese or other countries. As long as the content is excellent, it can be borrowed and reformed, with huge possibility. There is quite a long way to modernize, industrialize, and internationalize Chinese traditional art form. ”

In the viewpoint of Zhao Haiyun, the relative leader of State Administration of Press Publication Radio Film and Television of The People’s Republic of China (SAPPRFT), there is still big room for the promotion for Chinese traditional art abroad at present. He hopes People’s Fine Arts Publishing House will expand their international horizon, and have Chinese comic books interpreted in deeper level by more and more international main-stream media and promoted by foreigners caring about Chinese traditional culture and have the capability to promote it in the world.

Lucia Obi, from German Youth Library is a fan of Chinese comic books. On this children’s book fair, she specially found the Chinese comic books show of China as guest of honor. According to her, she got to know about Chinese comic books by accident. “I got addicted in Chinese comic books since I found a group of them produced in 1950s to 1980s. I think, it’s a must to learn Chinese comic books during that period if anyone wants to learn Chinese art history.”

Lucia has profound thinking on Chinese comic books after learning it for years. “From the perspective of art, while Chinese born after 1980s are not so keen on Chinese comic books, I regard it as the best representative of Chinese art during that period.”

??For Christopher Cheng, a writer as well as the chairman of Society of Children’s Book Writer and Illustrator of Australia, Chinese comic books is a very creative form for children to learn Chinese culture. “Our children can learn to understand cultures of other countries in the form they like as they are growing up in the background of western world. These Chinese comic books are good for them to form a clear concept on Chinese culture, as well as on the cultures of other countries.”


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