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Chinese Cartoonist Deported from Thailand, Jailed in China

December 2, 2015
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Chinese Cartoonist Deported from Thailand, Jailed in China

Two Chinese dissidents, including political cartoonist Jiang Yefei, were deported from Thailand back to China last month despite having been granted refugee status by the United Nations. Jiang and fellow pro-democracy activist Dong Guangping were imprisoned upon their return to China and have not been heard from since. Jiang originally fled to Thailand in 2008…

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Chinese Cartoonist Walks a Fine Line with Subversively Cute Art

November 10, 2015
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Chinese Cartoonist Walks a Fine Line with Subversively Cute Art

Unsurprisingly, independent political cartoonists are few and far between in China. The country’s best-known cartoonist, Rebel Pepper, has been exiled in Japan for over a year due to implicit threats from his own government. But his experience has not deterred Bai Budan, another up-and-coming artist who feels compelled to express his opinion through his work,…

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Ai Weiwei Collecting Donated LEGO After Company Rejects Bulk Order

October 27, 2015
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Ai Weiwei Collecting Donated LEGO After Company Rejects Bulk Order

Fans of Chinese artist Ai Weiwei are setting up collection points for donated LEGO bricks around the world after the Danish company refused to fulfill a bulk order for his upcoming show in Australia. In response to inquiries, a LEGO group spokesperson said “we refrain – on a global level – from actively engaging in…

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Chinese Censorship Undermines Animation and Comics Industry

August 25, 2015
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Chinese Censorship Undermines Animation and Comics Industry

Japanese manga promotes juvenile delinquency, violence, and sex — these were some of the reasons that the Chinese Ministry of Culture used to outright ban 38 Japanese manga and anime. But some are beginning to explore whether similar Chinese-produced materials would be held to the same standard and whether they can succeed in a country…

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Despite Ban, Manga and Anime Remain Hot Topics on Chinese Social Media

July 28, 2015
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Despite Ban, Manga and Anime Remain Hot Topics on Chinese Social Media

Despite last month’s Chinese ban on dozens of manga and anime series that were said to “encourage juvenile delinquency, glorify violence and include sexual content,” social media users in China are easily circumventing the restrictions by sharing content online. According to a BBC News report, the hashtag #DeathNote is a top trending topic on microblogging…

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China Bans Anime and Manga from the Internet

June 11, 2015
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In order to protect the welfare of their children and curb a potential rise in juvenile delinquency, the Chinese Ministry of Culture has issued a list of 38 Japanese manga and anime that will no longer be allowed into the country. From Attack on Titan to Death Note, the Chinese ministry issued warnings to popular…

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Chinese Cartoonist Struggles to Survive in Exile

June 5, 2015
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Chinese Cartoonist Struggles to Survive in Exile

Chinese cartoonist Wang Liming, also known as Rebel Pepper, is stranded in Japan on a temporary visa and turning to online supporters for financial help after his social media and retail sites were shut down, likely on orders from the Chinese government. Although Wang has been boldly speaking out via social media for years, he…

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Anime News Network Highlights Banned Manga

May 5, 2015
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Anime News Network Highlights Banned Manga

A recent feature from Anime News Network about 7 Manga Banned Around the Globe brought to our attention a few instances of manga censorship that we haven’t covered because they predate our news blog by a few years. We did some digging to see what we could turn up, so read on for more! Perhaps…

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Explore Comics Censored in China

January 15, 2014
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Explore Comics Censored in China

We’ve told you before about a few examples of memes, cartoons, and other images being censored on China’s Twitter-like microblogging site Sina Weibo. An army of 150 censors police Weibo’s 500 million users, deleting anything they find that might displease the government. But because images are more difficult than keywords to detect and block, cartoons…

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