Friday, February 3, 2017

Paul Fung in The American Boy

December 1917
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Chinese Boy Makes ’Em Laugh

I suppose that most boys and many grown-up folks think of a Chinaman as the almond-eyed fellow with a pigtail who makes his living doing “washee.” While to may be true that most of the people from that far-off country who come to America work all day long washing shirts and socks, there are many who are highly educated and esteemed by Americans. Of these there is none more interesting than clever little Paul Fung, who is being talked about from one end of the country to the other and referred to as “the only Chinese cartoonist in the United States.”

Now, if Paul Fung were a grown-up man, I wouldn’t be writing this story; but as he is only about eighteen years old, I am sure that every reader of The American Boy will become as greatly interested in him as I am.

I know Paul very well indeed and I am certain that you would like him too. He is really a wonderful little fellow, speaks perfect English, dresses well and is thoroughly American. In fact, I’ve just heard that he wants to go and fight for Uncle Sam, which shows that his hearts is in the right place.

Paul’s father, the Rev. Fung Chak, was a graduate of one of the great California universities, Leland Stanford, Jr., and for some years pastor of the Chinese Baptist missions in Seattle, Portland and San Francisco. Paul was born in Seattle and has lived in American all but six years of his young life. When five years old, he went back to China with his father and attended school there. Later, after returning to this country, he finished an American grammar grade education and then entered high school.

When Paul was attending school in China, his married sister in America sent him the colored supplements of the Sunday papers, showing the Katzenjammer Kids and other funny drawings that delight young and old.  He took a particular interest in the doings of these “Kids” and copied the drawings in such a way that his parents quickly saw where his talent lay. So in addition to his regular work, Paul studied Chinese art under the direction of a teacher who taught him to copy flowers, birds and leaves on fans, working with a camel’s hair brush on a pad of soft paper with Chinese ink. He did so much better work than the other children that his drawings were put in a place where everybody could see them.

But cartooning was the particular branch of art that had taken Paul’s eye, so when he came back to America, he began making original drawings which quickly attracted the attention of editors. His drawings were so clever that it wasn’t long before one of the largest newspapers in the West gave him a position in their art department, and then he left high school and is now spending all his time working with his pen, brush and pencil, making people laugh and think.

To-day, Paul’s work is considered so good that it can be found in some of the very best magazines in America, and it won’t be very long before this little Chinaman is looked upon as one of the leading cartoonists in the whole country.

The Sunday Star
(Washington, D.C.)
December 9, 1917
advertisement for Christmas issue of The American Boy;
see box in lower left-hand corner for contents

(Next post on Friday: Yun Gee in Fine Modern Chinese Oil Paintings, Drawings, Watercolors and Sculpture, 1994)

Friday, January 13, 2017

China Comes to MIT

A History of the First Chinese Students: 1877–1931

China Comes to Tech: 1877–1930
February 6, 2017 – November 30, 2017
MIT Libraries’ Maihaugen Gallery
160 Memorial Drive, Building 14N-118
Cambridge, MA 02139

Student Profiles

Yung Chung Kwong 鄺詠鐘 (Class of 1883)

King Yang Kwong 鄺景揚 (Class of 1884)

Hein Chow Kwong 鄺賢儔 (Class of 1884)

Tyng Se Chung 鄧士聰

Yau Foke Sik 薛有福

Yang Se Nam 楊兆南

Ralph Yuen Fong Sun

Chow Ming 周銘 and Ip Yuk-Leung 葉玉良

Sidney Shea Ying Chen 陳石英 (Class of 1913, Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering)

Chow Hou-Kun 周厚坤  (Class of 1914, Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture)

Turpin Hsi 席德柄 (Class of 1914, Sanitary Engineering)

Fucheng Seetoo 司徒傅權 (Class of 1914)

Te Chun Hsi 席德炯 (Class of 1915, Mining Engineering)

P.Y. Loo 盧炳玉 (Class of 1916, Mechanical Engineering)

Von-Fong Lam 林允方 (Class of 1916, Naval Architecture)

Wong Tsoo 王助 (Class of 1916, MS 1917)

Yu-Ching Tu 涂羽卿 (Class of 1918)

Wing Lock Wei 韋榮洛 (Class of 1918, Electrical Engineering)

Sung Sing Kwan 關頌聲 (Class of 1919, Architecture)

Y. M. Kuo 過養默

William Ding Moy 梅連枝 (Class of 1920, Course II/Mechanical Engineering)

Ming Chow 周銘

Yu-Liang Yeh (Yuk-Leung Ip) 葉玉良

Z.Z. Li 李善述 (Class of 1922, Chemical Engineering)

P.Y. Tang 唐炳源 (Class of 1923, Engineering Administration)

James Wong 王長齡 (Class of 1924, Naval Architecture)

Y.Y. Wong 黃玉瑜 (Class of 1925, Architecture)

Y.H. Ku 顧毓琇 (Class of 1925, Electrical Engineering, MS 1926, DSc, 1928)

Chu Shih-Ming (Class of 1926, Mechanical Engineering)

Walter Kwok 郭慧德 (Class of 1927, Engineering Administration)

C.K. Jen 任之恭 (Class of 1928, Electrical Engineering)

Lee Li Fu 李勵紱 (Class of 1929, Electrical Engineering)

Chick-Ho Lam 林植豪 (Class of 1931)

Po-Ting Ip 葉葆定 (Class of 1934, Civil Engineering)

Further Reading
South China Historical Trail
(in Chinese; photograph of Tunney Lee; may take 30 seconds or more to load)

(Updated February 21, 2017; next post on Friday: Chen Chi’s “Painting the Town: San Francisco”)

Friday, January 6, 2017

Tyrus Wong at the Art Institute of Chicago

Catalogue of the First Official International Exhibition of Etching and Engraving
The Art Institute of Chicago, 1932
United States
290 In the Cathedral Etching 10.00
291 Nude, No. 2 Etching 10.00

Catalogue of the Official International Exhibition of Contemporary Prints for a Century of Progress, 1934
The Art Institute of Chicago
Tyrus Wong
4. Landscape, Drypoint 15.00

(Next post on Friday: China Comes to MIT)

Friday, December 23, 2016

Tyrus Wong in The Architect and Engineer

The Architect and Engineer
April 1939
…Recessed in the mantel shelf is a flush light panel which illuminates a water color painting of “Confucius as a Justice” by Tyrus Wong. The painting is mounted on a panel designed for the space and is set flush with the wall.

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The New York Times
December 30, 2016
Tyrus Wong, ‘Bambi’ Artist Thwarted by Racial Bias, Dies at 106

(Next post on Friday: Keye Luke in The San Franciscan)