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Hilarious Comics Encapsulate Growing Up In Chinese VS Western Families

By Mikelle Leow, 01 Dec 2017


Image by Tiny Eyes Comics and featured with permission

France-based graphic designer Siyu Cao was born and bred in Beijing, but has spent much of her life in the US and UK.

In her free time, she chronicles her day-to-day experiences as a Chinese person in a Western environment via a humorous and relatable comic series called ‘Tiny Eyes’.

Cao tells DesignTAXI, “Moving between cultures makes me more aware of their differences and similarities, as well as pushes me to reflect on what it means to be ‘Chinese.’”

“Many people that I met were curious about China, but their impressions of China would end up with words like ‘communist,’ ‘pollution’ and ‘no Facebook.’ While many facts are true, the contemporary, living and multifaceted Chinese life is rarely heard of.”

She started the ‘Tiny Eyes’ collection on that very premise and hopes to introduce the Chinese culture and what it encapsulates through her art, which she adds is created using “Photoshop and a digital tablet.”

To illustrate these stories as accurately as possible, the designer says she draws on the go. “I always have a notebook with me, or just use a piece of crappy paper in my bag, so that I can sketch good ideas that strike unexpectedly.”

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Check out some illustrations and follow Siyu Cao’s ‘Tiny Eyes’ series to enjoy more. See more of her personal artworks via her portfolio.


Image by Tiny Eyes Comics and featured with permission


Image by Tiny Eyes Comics and featured with permission


Image by Tiny Eyes Comics and featured with permission


Image by Tiny Eyes Comics and featured with permission


Image by Tiny Eyes Comics and featured with permission


[via BuzzFeed, images by Tiny Eyes Comics and featured with permission]
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