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Chen Juanyin
“China’s Characters Who Count”
(1) Chiang Kai-shek, (2) Wang Jingwei, (3) Lin Sen,
(4) T. V. Soong, (5) Wu Tiecheng, (6) Sun Ke,
(7) Zhang Jingjiang, (8) Zhang Xueliang, (9) Yu Youren

September 1934 [ms09_000_ModernSketch]

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Ye Qianyu
“Who Would Believe He Cannot Help Himself?
(drawn in the style of my son)”

March 1935 [ms15_021_ModernSketch]

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The two skeletons [Drought and Flood], in chorus [to the Relief Inspector]: Sir, since you’ve been so kind at to follow us such a distance, we simply cannot bear to leave your side.

July 1935 [ms19_006_ModernSketch]

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Chen Zhenlong
“The Situation at the World’s Newest Bottom Line”

July 1935 [ms19_022_ModernSketch]

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Chen Paixi
“Official Malfeasance among the Cantonese Gentry”

October 1935 [ms22_031_ModernSketch]

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Lu Fu
“New Illustrated Dictionary,” detail (clockwise from top left)
Electrification, Representation, Mutual Assistance, Endorsement,
Salvation, Humanitarianism, Massage, Seeking Love

October 1935 [ms22_031_ModernSketch]

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Zhang Daren
“Dynamic Photo-cartoons”

November 1935 [ms23_014_ModernSketch]

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Yu Weizi
“Elucidation through Tinted Lenses”

December 1935 [ms24_000_ModernSketch]

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Ji Yehou
“Taking a Stab at Choosing ‘Team China’ for the
East Asian International Soccer Elimination”

December 1935 [ms24_021_ModernSketch]

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Zhang Daren
“The Three Successive Heads of the Executive Yuan,
Each Meritorious and Hard-working in the Service of
Party and Country”

February 1936 [ms26_036_ModernSketch]

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Yan Zhexi
“Nothing of the Sort!”

August 1936 [ms29_024_ModernSketch]

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World Peace News Service
“Portrait of the Chief of the Economic Survey Team,
Kodama Kenji, during His Visit to China”

March 1937 [ms36_010_ModernSketch]

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Zhang Ding
“Examining the Corpse—a Reportage Cartoon”

May 1937 [ms38_000_ModernSketch]

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Nine Thematic Visual Narratives

5. Politics & Corruption

Cartoonists’ disgust with the fraud, vice, and official duplicity they saw around them was exceeded only by their delight in dreaming up ways to caricature those with power, from the Generalissimo himself, Chiang Kai-shek, on down to crooked beat cops. By amplifying the deformations of society and government, they created an irreverent, incisive brand of humor, one that highlights the remarkable freedom of expression to be found in Modern Sketch.
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