Commissioned by Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre (SCCC), local cartoonist JangandFox creates an all-new series featuring 60 adorable sketches that represent various Chinese values. These sketches will be made available on SCCC’s website from 13 October 2020 and will be progressively uploaded on a weekly basis.
The series stars Little Otter and his friends in various everyday scenarios. But that’s not all there is to it — each illustration depicts a core Chinese family value, like filial piety (孝) and kindness (仁).
By translating important values into wholesome, easy-to-digest drawings, members of the public can better appreciate and learn more about the values that essentially shape Chinese culture.
“Through these delightful illustrations by JangandFox, ten key family values have been translated into simple everyday scenarios. These values shape the way that we live and interact with each other in our local community. These had led to our distinctive local Chinese culture,” added Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre’s Chief Executive Officer, Low Sze Wee.
“We hope that these illustrations provide accessible entry points for both young and old to learn and appreciate what these values mean, and how they can be a source of strength in these trying times, and guide us towards a kinder and more inclusive society.”
Considering our tumultuous world right now, I think these illustrations come at a perfect time. For all who may be having a hard time, these heartwarming drawings are sure to bring at least a hint of a smile on your face, while also serving as a reminder to people to play their part in creating a gentler, kinder society.
For those interested to learn more about Chinese values and culture, you can consider going to SCCC’s permanent exhibition SINGAPO 人: Discovering Chinese Singaporean Culture. Like JangandFox’s comics, this exhibition also revolves around wholesome stories that depict what it means to embody the 10 key family values.
Visitors to the exhibition may also join free guided tours in groups of five, led by specially trained volunteer-docents. The tours, which lasts about 45 minutes, are available on Saturdays and Sundays, at 3pm (English tour) and 4pm (Mandarin tour). Slots are on a first-come-first-serve basis. Interested visitors may sign up at the registration desk near the entrance of the exhibition.
Of course, all who sign up are expected to follow the safe distancing measures.
To see the SCCC and JangandFox collaboration, you can visit https://singaporeccc.org.sg/singapore_chinese_cultural_centre_jangandfox and more information is available at SCCC’s official website: https://www.singaporeccc.org.sg
Visuals courtesy of JangandFox.