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Honey, Dad Miss You So

by Ding Wu

Publisher: China Fine Arts Publishing Group

Date Published: 2013/01/01

Price: 49.00

ISBN: 978-7-102-06237-2

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This is a unique and moving book, which contains 61 letters that Ding Wu sent to his daughter during 1969 to 1972. In 1969, the time of Culture Revolution, cartoonist Ding Wu was sent to a cadre school in Henan Province,therefore drawing in letters was the only way to express his missing for his 8-year-old daughter in Beijing. The letters reflects the father’s life with a delighted tone, depicting how he fed pigs,transplanted rice seedlings, did woodworking,caught snake and fish, played table tennis and swam, etc.

This is a history book, and also a true fairy tale.In most parts of this book, Ding Wu described his life in cadre school, which was also an epitome of the whole society at that time. Considering his daughter was very young, he managed to emphasize the positive and happy aspects of life, and made his letters warm, home-style, and lively. Meanwhile, the memorable emotions were hidden behind the children’s innocent.

In 1960s and 1970s, family bonds were damaged. Children exposed their parents and parents only cared for themselves and the revolution. People lied because of fear, and these lies made the history no more reliable. When people are pursuing the truth of that period, they are often dismayed by the lack of historical details. However, this adorable collection of drawn letters preserves a lot of precious details in the special period, which were founded in Ding Wu’s relic, and thus this book becomes a unique record.

Concerning this historical background, this book is worth reading for it makes us have faith in affection again and rethink the insufficiency of family love in the present age.

Ding Wu (1931-2011), famous Chinese cartoonist, born in Guizhou, graduated from Central Academy of Fine Arts in 1952. He was an editor of China Youth Daily, and joined People’s Fine Arts Publishing House in 1979. Then he created Children’s Cartoon Monthly and King of Cartoon Monthly, and became the chief editor.

He had a strong influence on the generation of 1970s and 1980s, and was known as the King of Cartoon. He was the first one who introduced Japanese cartoon, such as Doraemon and Chibi Maruko Chan, to Chinese readers.

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