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The new year's bell tolls, it's Chinese New Year!

[Comic] Post-rock and Chinese Dreamcore: Remembering a better time in China?

The prosperous and primitive era started with the reform and opening up of the 1980s and ended with the internet explosion of the 2010s. In this narrow time frame, broadband internet became a memory of the millennium. The Chinese Dreamcore has recently gained attention from niche visual arts — the concept is new, but the substance is not. With China’s rapid economic and technological development, a lot of memories and processes are becoming blurrier. Increased efficiency has come at the cost of spiritual growth. Many young Chinese are attracted by the Chinese Dreamcore, creating surreal and nostalgic visuals representing the art style. I think it is not so much about missing the times that are gone forever, but more because in the early years of the internet, time passed slowly and emotions were real. And while people were materially poor, they were rich in spirit. Everything looked so pure and alive, the exact opposite of today. — Bai Yi
Cartoon: Heng Kim Song

ThinkCartoon (12 April)

Heng Kim Song has been the freelance editorial cartoonist

Cartoon: Heng Kim Song

ThinkCartoon (1 March)

Heng Kim Song has been the freelance editorial cartoonist

Cartoon: Heng Kim Song

ThinkCartoon (26 January)

Heng Kim Song has been the freelance editorial cartoonist

Cartoon: Heng Kim Song

ThinkCartoon (5 January)

Heng Kim Song has been the freelance editorial cartoonist

"Merry Christmas" echoes in foreign lands...

[Comic] Little one, sing a Christmas song

We lost many people in 2023. Missing Ryuichi Sakamoto, I dug out the movie Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence. History often repeats itself. Is there an intersection between Eastern and Western cultural conflicts? And is there a standard for measuring humanity and faith in the face of war? Can love that transcends race and gender bring people closer? All we can do is continue to explore the right and wrong in these questions. The tragedy of war never fails to make one realise that accepting the enemy does not mean sparing oneself. Celliers’ death planted a seed in Yonoi’s heart, and so we all shared the growth of the seed. May Christmas in wartime still be beautiful.
Cartoon: Heng Kim Song

ThinkCartoon (17 November)

Heng Kim Song has been the freelance editorial cartoonist

Cartoon: Heng Kim Song

ThinkCartoon (2 November)

Heng Kim Song has been the freelance editorial cartoonist

"I remember the day Einstein came to me in a dream"

[Comic] The other side of the coral reef

I recently watched Oppenheimer and it reminded me of a quote attributed to Albert Einstein: “The state was made for man, not man for the state.” This was possibly the difference between Einstein and J. Robert Oppenheimer. The meaning of “state” is abstract, fluid and changing, and the idea that “I will always love my country” has long been shaken. Just as Einstein must have loved Germany but had to leave, there was a lot of helplessness and conflict — between people and government, politics and science, domination and egalitarianism. While the scientific spirit of “facts over authorities and books; always exchanging, comparing and reassessing opinions” is somewhat idealistic, like the law, it is worth holding on to. If academics do not stand with the people, who then will fight “evil”? Between scholars and the wise ones, there is just a little more justice, conscience and sense of humanity. — Bai Yi