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The images and insights Wang summons are. Her multifaceted arguments can be gratifyingly mind-expanding. And yet she perseveres, however imperfectly. Her characteristic nuance more often carries the ring of wisdom, hard won.

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First, in , the mouse with erect black ears and a semi-permanent grin made his grand entrance. Then, the following year, came the youngster with the golden locks with a swished-back clump standing up in the middle of it all. Then, the following year, the lad with three solitary strands of hair on an otherwise bald head shuffled onto the stage, the hair and his two bare feet signaling that for him, unlike the other three characters, life was to be endured rather than enjoyed.

The wonder of all this is that more than 80 years after these characters — the Americans Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck, the Belgian Tintin and the Chinese Sanmao — first appeared, they are still with us, ageing yet ageless, and the great amusement they gave us has left its mark on billions of people worldwide. But beyond that fun, delivered through comic books, on the big screen and on television, these characters have at times had a serious underside.

As for the brave and adventurous Tintin, his first outing in the world was in a work titled Tintin in the Land of the Sovi-ets, which could not have been more political. In Sanmao, a world away from the assertive, well-to-do, swaggering and happy-go lucky often present in Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck, the seriousness lay in other directions. His story is that of an orphan who moves to Shanghai to earn a living. He takes on numerous jobs such as selling newspapers, polishing shoes and performing kung fu.

Despite his efforts, he cannot make ends meet, he sleeps on the streets and many treat him with distain. Nevertheless, he is always keen to extend a helping hand to the less fortunate, to the point of giving whatever little food he has to beggars. He is also highly ethical, evidenced, in one case, by his refusal to join a gang of thieves who pledge that if he does he will be well fed and looked after forevermore. Zhang Weijun hopes Sanmao can "walk out of the book" and promote charity efforts in the future.

Zhang was born in Haiyan, Zhejiang province in , and his early life was marked by the kind of hardships Sanmao would go through. After completing primary school he was forced to work to support the family. He first worked as an apprentice in a wood factory before finding a job in a printing plant in the suburbs of Shanghai in , and about this time he took on several short-term jobs. He said that many of the bosses he worked for were demanding and cruel, often beating up employees.

These men are depicted in Winter of Three Hairs. In those days beating up apprentices was regarded as essential in producing the best artisans, and Zhang would later tell of how he despised it. Over several years he taught himself to draw and paint, and after having several drawings published in newspapers he began to gain a reputation as an accomplished comic artist.

When he created his first cartoon of Sanmao in it depicted a boy living in a typical lane house in Shanghai. Over the course of the next two years the comic strip became well known throughout the country, and how much the public warmed to Sanmao was evident in the response his plight drew. All Sanmaos in the country will never forget this.

Zhang Weijun promotes the comic, and countries in which he has helped organize exhibitions of Sanmao in recent years include Australia, Belgium, Mauritius and South Korea.

Zhang says his father came across three homeless children on a snowy night in Shanghai in The children, dressed in worn-out clothing, wrapped themselves in sacks to stay warm and gathered around a small iron can that held a fire, he said. The next morning, he saw the frozen corpses of two of the children being loaded onto a vehicle. To find out more about how homeless people lived, Zhang Leping went to Chen Jia Mu Qiao in Shanghai, where such individuals gathered, but nobody would talk to him, Zhang Weijun said.

My father later realized the problem was his suit. For the poor, anyone who wore nice clothes was rich — the very people who often bullied and humiliated them. The episode about a beggar urging Sanmao to become a thief was, like other episodes, based on a story these homeless children told him. In those days, homeless children would often resort to helping gangsters steal in exchange for food.

While Sanmao was someone many loved, the artist himself had one or two detractors. The family would often house homeless orphans as well.

The late artist was also passionate about drawing for children. Nevertheless, the artist received many letters from his young readers praising him for his dedication and expressing hope that he would recover soon. When he died in Shanghai in he was With the help of the Xuhui district government last year, the Zhang family vacated their residence and turned it into a memorial gallery.

In the days after its opening, thousands of Sanmao fans lined in the streets, waiting to view the original scripts, drawings and videos related to the comic series it features.

He said that once, in his most difficult time, my father had helped him.

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Esmé Weijun Wang Writes Through the Story

The 13 essays of The Collected Schizophrenias, winner of the Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize, chart how uncrossable the distance from bed to mirror has sometimes been for Wang. Her medical history, extensively described in the book, includes diagnoses of schizoaffective disorder and late-stage Lyme disease, both chronic. Narratively, the book paints a luminous and bracing portrait of a brilliant artist writing both about and through tremendous pain. To write in order to create evidence that one is alive feels familiar as a motivation, but almost no one writes while actively believing that he or she is dead. That Wang manages to do so, and that the reader can witness her doing it, emerges as an arresting act of both craft and courage. It feels loaded, however, to praise Wang for the significant achievement that is The Collected Schizophrenias when the book argues so convincingly against the toxicity of achievement culture and of notions that humans are only as worthy as their capitalist productivity. How frightening every day is, and how brilliant.

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First, in , the mouse with erect black ears and a semi-permanent grin made his grand entrance. Then, the following year, came the youngster with the golden locks with a swished-back clump standing up in the middle of it all. Then, the following year, the lad with three solitary strands of hair on an otherwise bald head shuffled onto the stage, the hair and his two bare feet signaling that for him, unlike the other three characters, life was to be endured rather than enjoyed. The wonder of all this is that more than 80 years after these characters — the Americans Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck, the Belgian Tintin and the Chinese Sanmao — first appeared, they are still with us, ageing yet ageless, and the great amusement they gave us has left its mark on billions of people worldwide. But beyond that fun, delivered through comic books, on the big screen and on television, these characters have at times had a serious underside. As for the brave and adventurous Tintin, his first outing in the world was in a work titled Tintin in the Land of the Sovi-ets, which could not have been more political.

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