All Lockers Must Be Emptied and Unlocked

Zhiwen Tang — Chinese Dream

Most do not understand China’s position as one of the world’s fastest growing major economies. Nevertheless, it is known as a country with extreme power. The Chinese government argue its booming economy derives from the one-party political system. Others say it is due to the economic reforms of 1978. I believe the credit goes to every single individual of China’s 1.3 billion population. 

This graphic novel is based on the experience of my father. Having contributed to the construction industry for more than 40 years, my father witnessed China’s transition from the post-Maoist era to “Socialism with Chinese Characteristics”. My father, like the rest of the Chinese people, became both the beneficiary and victim of this transformation. As a result, his journey was one of hardship, dedication and resilience.

This work is a tribute to all those who see themselves in this story.