In recent months, serious environmental and public health issues in China have drawn widespread concern from citizens — from poor air quality in Beijing and other cities, to thousands of pig carcasses appearing inexplicably in Shanghai’s main river. For many Chinese, these issues underscore the costs of rapid economic growth that has not been balanced with effective administration. In this cartoon, called “Searching,” posted by artist “Comic Smoke” (漫画食墨客) to Sina Weibo, the earth is a cracked and desolate place where only the stumps of trees are left. White doves (nations or people hoping for a solution?) fly in search of a sustenance, but they are tethered to a black hook driven into the earth.

David Bandurski

CMP Director

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