華人都該買的繪本Paper Son

Paper Son敘述一段歷史、一位華人移名、一位迪士尼無名藝術家與一個堅毅向上圖強的人生….. Green Tots Club

閉上眼睛,請你想出一位中國移名、才華洋溢的美國畫家….是不是有點困難?老實說,我們自己一時也會腦筋一片空白。在紐約看過多少畫展,要講出一位華裔畫家還真的有點困難…..(搔頭)

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19世紀滿清統治中國的時代,美國嚴格限制來自中國的移民,因此有大量的移民假造身分以依親為由向美國申請成為公民。需要花大筆的鈔票買一張假身分紙本的移名,因此通稱為paper son。

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Paper Son 是描述 Tyrus Wong(黄齐耀)的一名故事。他是19世紀初17萬中國移民之一。他與父親離開中國來到人稱”金山”的美國。讓人無法藐視的藝術才華,他以第一名畢業於洛杉磯的藝術學院,並被迪士尼錄取為”in-betweener”的工讀生。而他….就是迪士尼卡通小鹿斑比(Bambi)的原創。

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Tyrus Wong(黄齐耀)的在美國的童年曾經窮到需要用廢報紙,將毛筆沾濕用來書法和作畫,但畫畫一直是他的興趣與強項。

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在當年許多中國移名需要爭錢,多半只有工廠或餐廳會提供工作機會。但是 Tyrus Wong 對藝術的堅持與努力終究獲得矚目,有能耐讓迪士尼和後來的華納兄弟錄用。在當時的大環境,雖然是幽靈藝術家但是他一點也不自怨自艾,仍然持續地在藝術領域繼續發展。(有人可能哀怨自己被歧視,而對自己未能出頭而感到生氣。這算是老祖宗告誡我們的being humble嗎?)

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書末有一張 Tyrus Wong 老先生手握風箏的照片,笑容滿面。(風箏藝術是他晚年的興趣) 光看照片都能感受的到老先生對藝術的投入與美好的一生。

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這本書找來有華裔血統的Chris Sasaki插畫真的很搭。他的風格本來就有點中國水墨畫筆觸,剛好讓他詮釋Tyus Wong(黄齐耀)的故事讓讀者能夠感受西式的東方優雅。讓讀者除了優美的文字外,現代感的插畫與板刷應用感受到淡淡的中國元素。

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Chris Sasaki為Paper Son繪製的插畫入選2019美國插畫協會(Society of Illustration)的年度插畫The Original Art 2019 Exhibit 外,並獲得 Dilys Evans Founder’s Award 的榮譽。

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關鍵字:[迪士尼插畫][Tyrus Wong][中國移民][STEAM相關繪本]

An inspiring picture-book biography of animator Tyrus Wong, the Chinese American immigrant responsible for bringing Disney’s Bambi to life.

Before he became an artist named Tyrus Wong, he was a boy named Wong Geng Yeo. He traveled across a vast ocean from China to America with only a suitcase and a few papers. Not papers for drawing–which he loved to do–but immigration papers to start a new life. Once in America, Tyrus seized every opportunity to make art, eventually enrolling at an art institute in Los Angeles. Working as a janitor at night, his mop twirled like a paintbrush in his hands. Eventually, he was given the opportunity of a lifetime–and using sparse brushstrokes and soft watercolors, Tyrus created the iconic backgrounds of Bambi.

Julie Leung and Chris Sasaki perfectly capture the beautiful life and work of a painter who came to this country with dreams and talent–and who changed the world of animation forever.

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