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This site celebrates the iconography of Chinese communities, particularly temples, street art and propaganda.

It also delves into the language of popular culture – kung fu films, comics and doorway inscriptions.

The entries below are chosen from posts added since August 2015.


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Hong Kong
2015


A photo-illustration pasted among the trendy storefronts of the Sheung Wan District.
(The artist has a strange obsession with vegetables.)

See the series here
Hong Kong
2015


Memorabilia of Mao Zedong and the Cultural Revolution (mostly reproductions)
are popular at the Cat Street antiques bazaar.

See the series here
KUALA LUMPUR
2013


A stone carving facing the courtyard of the Guan Di Temple in Chinatown.

The two bats are a variation of a common good-luck symbol (usually there are four – one in each corner).

See the series here

The long-running New Dragon Tiger Gate is one of Hong Kong's most famous graphic novels,
offering a heady mix of martial arts, criminal intrigue and big-city blues.

For non-native speakers, it's also a great way to study both formal Chinese and colloquial Cantonese.

I've posted the first two issues – and my own English translations here
TAIPEI
2015


On the edge of the Ximending entertainment district, near Taipei Cinema Park,
you'll find the capital's small but growing graffiti culture.

See the series here
KAOHSIUNG
2015


The Gushou Temple occupies a tranquil corner in the heart of downtown Kaohsiung, Taiwan's second-largest city.

Its staircase evokes the grandeur of imperial palaces, even though the building is relatively small.

See the series here
SINGAPORE
2009


In Southeast Asia, the best-preserved traditional Chinese shophouses are to be found in hyper-modern Singapore.

The heritage buildings on Haji Lane (above) have found new life as restaurants, boutiques,
tattoo parlors and other magnets for the hipster crowd.

See the series here
MACAU
2015


A sitting-out area squeezed among tenements near Leal Senado Square has become a gallery for spray paint artists.

See the series here
TAIPEI
2015


WTF ?

Phonetically, the Chinese refers to a certain "Long Di Ke" brotherhood;
as far as I can discern, the words have nothing to do with "well endowed".

See the series here
HONG KONG
2015


"Welcoming the God of Wealth" (literally, "the God of Wealth has come")

Of the numerous deities worshipped in Chinese folk religion, few receive as much adulation as
the patron saint of bling.

See the series here




Ⓐ 2015 by Channibal
All photos by Wentian Chan (unless noted)
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