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"The rabbit kept wishing."

My name was Red

Change takes awakening, courage and love. And it is painful. The sacrifices of the nameless will not be missed by those around them, and may even seem foolish. In the end, the nameless fall silent. But others will step up in their turn.
Cartoon: Heng Kim Song

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Heng Kim Song has been the freelance editorial cartoonist

You turn around and look at me.

[Comic] We were all frogs in the well

"Studying abroad for many years, for a long time I never came into contact with 'real' young Chinese, so I was shocked and stunned when I did. Education and the system can really change a person. We have gradually drifted apart. Recently, a friend who was originally from China and now has Singaporean citizenship confided in me that she was always bothered by the issue of national identity. To Singaporeans, it seemed she was still that good student from China, but to the Chinese, she was no longer a Chinese. My friend asked: 'So who are we?' I teased her: 'We might be products of a mixed culture.' A traditional Chinese upbringing, an elite Singaporean education, plus the influence of other cultures thrown in. We can no longer define ourselves by nationality. A Western education would tell us to be ourselves, but the contradiction is that we need national identity to give us a sense of belonging and identity. Sadly, we often identify with other cultures, and when I meet young Chinese of today, that sense of unfamiliarity proves that we are no longer the same type of people. I don't have to pity you, nor you me. And we come back to the question: what are we?" - Bai Yi
Cartoon: Heng Kim Song

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Heng Kim Song has been the freelance editorial cartoonist

Cartoon: Heng Kim Song

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Heng Kim Song has been the freelance editorial cartoonist

Dream, whatever it may cost you.

[Comic] The little big dreams of a Chinese youth

Young Chinese comic artist Bai Yi depicts the life of a typical young person living in one of China's big cities, and ponders their frustrations living seemingly comfortable but uninspiring lives. Is there an alternative and what will it take for one to achieve it?
Cartoon: Heng Kim Song

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Heng Kim Song has been the freelance editorial cartoonist

"I'm a little red flower."

[Comic] Chinese youths are like little red flowers

Comic artist Baiyi examines the idea of China's "involuted" generation of young people and their "lying flat" attitude towards life. Many Chinese youths are feeling stressed and overworked, as they feel trapped by a narrow definition of success. "Lying flat" or taking themselves out of the game seems to be a spiritual awakening of sorts to re-examine their priorities in life. How did Chinese youths arrive at such a state of being?
Cartoon: Heng Kim Song

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Heng Kim Song has been the freelance editorial cartoonist