Lianhe Zaobao marks centennial with ‘Scenes of Singapore Life’ comics exhibition

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SINGAPORE - Diners in 10 hawker centres around the island will be able to enjoy scenes of everyday life and Singaporean stories as seen through the eyes of Lianhe Zaobao cartoonists by scanning a QR code displayed on tabletop stickers from Sunday till June 25.

The flagship Chinese daily of SPH Media is marking its 100th anniversary with a virtual comics exhibition, titled “Scenes of Singapore Life”, that features 100 works by 10 of its cartoonists, which address issues ranging from sustainability and plastic waste to hawker centre culture and Covid-19.

Three of the comics will also be displayed as posters at three community libraries – One Punggol Regional Library, Toa Payoh Public Library and Clementi Public Library – from Monday.

Ms Grace Fu, Minister for Sustainability and the Environment, launched the exhibition at One Punggol Hawker Centre on Sunday.

Speaking in Mandarin, Ms Fu said that creating comics is not an easy task.

“It requires a lot of effort, skill and passion to come up with a simple yet impactful and meaningful comic,” she said.

“Comic artists are not just illustrators who are good at drawing. They are also sharp social commentators. They provide timely critiques on wide-ranging topics, getting readers to think deeper about the issues at hand.”

The 10 participating hawker centres are: Maxwell Food Centre, Tiong Bahru Food Centre, Bukit Timah Market and Food Centre, East Coast Lagoon Food Village, Taman Jurong Market and Food Centre, Bukit Canberra Hawker Centre, One Punggol Hawker Centre, Ang Mo Kio Central Market and Food Centre, Kovan 209 Market and Food Centre, and Clementi 448 Market and Food Centre.

Mr Tan Chong Beng, visual director at SPH Media’s Chinese Media Group – who is one of the exhibition’s 10 featured cartoonists – said: “Comics have evolved over time from print to digital, but they still serve the purpose of adding humour to make newspaper reading...

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