Artist Illustrates Everyday Life To Compare Chinese And Western Culture

“Tiny Eyes” is a comic series, created by the Chinese artist Siyu, that shares slices of everyday life from a Chinese perspective.

Why “tiny eyes”?

Because it’s one of the common stereotypes of Chinese, among many others. This generalised and often distorted image of China that we got from mass media is usually heavy, dull, political, and mystified. In contrast, this comic hopes to creates a fun, intimate and authentic space that serves as an alternative channel to people who are curious about China.

“I was born and raised in Beijing, and I’ve spent last 10 years traveling, studying and working abroad in the US, UK, and France. 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.

I started “tiny eyes” comics a year ago in the hope of sharing Chinese culture through everyday life, To me, learning about other cultures has always been a fun experience, and I want to pass this feeling to people who are curious about China. In lots of my comics, I compare Chinese culture to western culture. Through comparison, we realise how differently we act in front of the same situation and how we tend to think in a certain way instead of another. In the end, every culture is “weird” in its way, but it’s also the weirdness that makes it interesting,” Siyu told Bored Panda.

More info: Tiny Eyes, Instagram (h/t: boredpanda)

There’s a Chinese saying “三思而后行”, which means to think twice before taking actions. In history, Chinese value highly reflection and past experience, but acting cautiously and staying wise didn’t save the people from the arrival of the early western explorers who sailed into the unknown and took chances at the risk of their lives. China was forced to take actions in its modern history, often times too fast in exchange for development. While too much reflection on the past slows down the process of change and innovation, too much action without thinking results in waste of resources and irreversible consequences. It’s time for thinkers and doers to meet and learn from each other in this increasingly connected world. It’s happening. #thinking #doing #thinktwice #justdoit #past #future #chinese #western #culture #history #eastmeetwest #webtoon #webcomic #comics #tinyeyescomics

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Chinese people love their food, they spend lots of time savouring and enjoying their meals. Food is not just “fuel” for the body, but a pleasure, an art, and a way of socialising. If you want to make friends, go eat. If you want to close a business deal, go eat. If you want to pursue a romantic relationship, go eat. Since ancient times, food has been considered priority in Chinese culture. The government’s goal was to make sure that each person is taken care of and "has enough to eat”. From another angle, it also suggests the realistic character of Chinese: food goes before ideas, and this life is more important than after life. (Bravo you've read all this!) #food #culture #chineseculture #eat #work #priorities #relationship #民以食为天 #sliceoflife #comics #webcomic #tinyeyescomics

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