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  • A Panda's Story

A Panda's Story

TANG, Yaming‧KINOSHITA, Susumu (Illus.)‧POUPARD, Duncan (tra.)


Chinese , 2015/06 The Chinese University of Hong Kong Press

Tags: Children's Books

285 x 268 mm , 44pp ISBN : 978-962-996-680-5

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Black pictures on white paper. 
Telling a panda's story in a black and white picture book is a fantastic idea—pandas are, after all, themselves both black and white. In many places around the world, and especially Southeast Asia, black and white are the colours which represent life and death, or the yin and yang. They are on opposite ends of the spectrum, poles apart, yet also comes to form a unified whole. They are the fundamental colours of life, the basic forms of existence, and the backbone of civilization itself. I approached the design of A Panda’s Story with awe in my heart—I was in awe of the colours of black and white, in awe of nature, and in awe of pandas.

——Commentary by Kohei Sugiura, world-famous book designer

Author: Tang Yaming
Writer, translator and President of the Overseas Chinese Literature and Art Association of Japan, Tang Yaming was born in Beijing in 1953. He travelled to Japan in 1983, where he studied at Waseda University and the University of Tokyo. He has worked as a picture book editor at Japan’s most influential publisher of children’s books, Fukuinkan Shoten Publishers, for many years. He has taught at numerous universities, and his award-winning works include novels, essay collections, and picture books.


Illustrator: Susumu Kinoshita
Renowned pencil artist Susumu Kinoshita was born in Toyama, capital of Japan’s Toyama prefecture, in 1947. He is professor at Kanazawa University, and lectures at the University of Tokyo’s School of Engineering, Musashino Art University and Nigata University of Pharmacy and Applied Life Science. He has held exhibitions in Paris, New York, and all over Japan, and his pictures are displayed in over ten art galleries. The old and infirm feature prominently in his artwork; the wrinkles and scars are etched onto their faces like the growth rings of a tree, giving off an almost palpable viviacity.


Translator: Duncan Poupard
Duncan Poupard developed a fascination with China while studying for a history degree at the University of York. He has spent the last ten years immersing himself in the study of China and its languages, and obtained an MA in Sinology from the School of African and Oriental Studies in London. During this time he has travelled widely throughout China, working as a translator and news correspondent. He currently lives in Hong Kong, where he teaches Chinese-English translation at the Chinese University of Hong Kong and studies for a PhD in translation from the University of Hong Kong.

 

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