Updates & News
We have recently received a number of requests for grants, I am happy to see that this is happening as we can connect to the scholars that are doing research in the fields that Huang Yao was interested in and we can support that.
After my hectic April, my husband took me to Bali for a week. My mom watched the kids and we stayed at a nice place called Desa Seni. It is my kind of place as it has a yoga schedule and a large functioning garden of herbs and vegetables. I was probably the only guest not lounging by the pool but weeding.
Yay! We have received our trademarks of Niu Bizi now for China. I think I am lucky I have somewhat of a short memory as Stuart reminded me when we had to do the application, how painful it was. I remember on Christmas day of 2009, I was still trying to figure out which subcategories to tick within the trademark category and it was really quite frustrating. Luckily Uncle Zhang came to my rescue and told me the categories they trademarked for Sanmao. He also told me this is the first thing you need to do in China before you do anything.
It is our first trip to China this year. We have been waiting to get over the hurdle of hosting the Shanghai Art Museum curators in Kuala Lumpur and Singapore, We had a good time with the rather adventurous curators who were game to try the rather exotic durian.
We had the joy and honor of hosting 2 curators from the Shanghai Art Museum to our home in KL and Singapore to view my grandfather’s works. My mom had to do a lot of preparation in extracting the paintings from the storage center to bring to our home to show our guests. We had Mr. Yang Qi and Ms. Xiao Xiaolan over and it was a lot of fun.
Writing about Peck’s book, I wanted to write about another book I read last year, it is called, Shanghai, by Harriet Sargeant. She details Shanghai quite well, although I understood that it had many foreign concessions...
I just got a book in the mail from amazon.com. Its called “Two Kinds of Time” by Graham Peck. I am quite excited about the book as Peck knew my grandfather, he wrote the introduction to two of Huang Yao’s books.
received these two images from people I met on this journey. Mr. Wu sent me an ink painting of Niu Bizi with a mini Niu Bizi all framed up. Mr. Qiu sent me this black and white sketch of Niu Bizi in a car driving I guess, me…. Which is quite flattering since, I don’t think anyone has ever given me a sketch of myself...
I have been reading an interesting book called, "The Brain that Changes Itself". It talks about how we can rewire our brains as it is not as fixed as we normally think it is...
It’s less than a week to Chinese New Year. I can’t believe how fast time flies. We have been working hard at putting as much information as we can on to this new website. I am quite happy with the first parts of the upload of the information...
We recently received the images for the book, ‘Roar of the Nation’, it’s a compilation of underground songs from the late 1930s, where Huang Yao has drawn a Niu Bizi to accompany the verses of the song...
This is my last entry for the year. I feel like we have made good progress with this project and have met so many interesting people in and outside of China the past year. I look back and think that a year ago, I was unsure what type of reception my grandfather would receive as Niu Bizi is now 75 years old and many have forgotten him...
I received a nice present today. A book of my granddad’s has popped up. It is a book that we were not sure was an article or a book and now it has just been sold on an auction website. We did not know that it was available for sale but have been in contact with the seller, who has agreed to make a copy of the book for us. For that I am grateful, just to see the images.
This is the new book out on “Old Shanghai Cartoons” by Mr. Huang Ke, Mr. Gan and Ms. Chen. I finally got my copy today. Several people had told me that it was published but when I was in Shanghai in August, it was not readily available yet. My friend Bill ordered it in Shanghai for me and his cousin, Yang Ping, who is a good friend of mine and lives in Singapore brought 10 copies back for me. It is going to be a treat just looking at the pictures.
decided to take a break away from the kids and daily life to come to Hong Kong. I met up with Zunzi who is a cartoonist in Hong Kong and Mr. Yeung who is an avid cartoon collector and art teacher. About five years ago, the both of them brought me to the house of another older cartoonist who was my granddad’s neighbor in Chongqing. His name was Mr. Zhang Tong, he was a translator of Chinese into English and vice versa.
I have often found it interesting that Chinese authors and painters in their sign-offs would include some description of their present condition. When we first found the books my granddad did in the 1940s in Chongqing, I noticed he stayed in a 5 square foot room, I even got up to try and figure out how big that is, in my imagination he has a small table on the floor that he works off and then he puts the table away so that he can sleep in such a tiny space.
Almost a year ago, I visited Jiashan for the first time. I also intended to visit my relatives in Suzhou but thought I would have plenty of opportunity, well I was up in China several times but it is a lot bigger than I thought and so I am guilty of not meeting my relatives yet. They are my granddad’s younger brother’s son and descendents.
This lovely lady here is Feng Lei, she used to work as the editor of Shandong Chubanshe and was the editor that handled the republishing of my granddad’s 1930s Shanghai work. I met her in 1999 and this picture was taken in Beijing. She took a train from Shandong to see me in Beijing.
While on Ko Samui, we took a bike and zipped around, while on the bike I thought of my dad growing up in Thailand. He must have been the age of 6 to 12 when he lived here. He was by the way born in Guiyang and also lived in Guilin and Kunming. By age 3 he lived in Vietnam and by age 5 to 6 he lived in Hong Kong.
I am pleased this year to show one of the initiatives of the Foundation, we worked with the Shangri-La Hotel Group in Beijing, they have used an image from Huang Yao’s 100 Children series (we used the last image, where the kids are moon watching and bringing mooncakes along for the festival).