Chinese regime ‘punishes’ 27 people for ‘ugly’ cartoons

China’s Ministry of Education (MOE) on Monday “punished” 27 employees for their role in approving illustrations in public primary school textbooks that were deemed “ugly” and “problematic”. world times and Xinhua News Agency reported.

On August 22, China’s Ministry of Education announced sanctions, including “serious warnings” and dismissals, for 27 staff, including employees of the Chinese People’s Education Press.

The penalties were the result of the Ministry of Education’s three-month investigation into complaints about artwork Featured in primary school mathematics textbooks distributed by the Chinese government.

The Ministry of Education deemed the cartoon-like illustrations “problematic” and “unaesthetic” for the following reasons, according to Xinhua, China’s official news agency:

The overall style of the painting does not conform to the aesthetic habits of the public, and some of the characters depicted are ugly and have poor mental vision, which does not properly reflect the sunny image of Chinese children. Secondly, it is not serious and normative, and there are even errors in individual illustrations [sic].


[S]Some illustrations do not meet high professional standards and some illustrations have scientific and normative issues. […] it is not meticulous and precise, and some illustrations are easily misunderstood. Some illustrations are roughly drawn, some lines are drawn and elements are not selected correctly, and the proportions of images are not harmonious [sic].

The Ministry of Education’s investigation determined that the Chinese People’s Educational Press misunderstood the “educational function” of the affected textbooks by highlighting erroneous illustrations. The Ministry of Education further claimed that the public press had failed to properly select contract illustrators and had neglected to rectify issues with the illustrations in a timely manner, suggesting that the designs had been brought to the attention of the Ministry of Education. editor before launching the survey.

“The publishing house also lacked guidance and supervision for the revision of textbooks [sic]”said the Department of Education in a statement.

China’s People’s Education Publishing House said Aug. 22 that it began a process to “redesign” the problematic illustrations in late May and completed the process “a few days ago.”

The United Kingdom Guardian The newspaper revealed on August 23 that the math textbooks in question were published by China’s People’s Education Press nearly a decade ago, adding that they would have been used in public primary schools across the country.

“But they went viral in May after a teacher posted photos of the artwork inside, including people with distorted faces and bulging pants, boys pictured grabbing girls’ skirts and at least a child with an apparent tattoo on his leg,” the newspaper detailed.

The Guardian published copies of the “ugly” illustrations in May, noting that the textbooks in which they appeared were used in Chinese schools “from Shandong Province in the northeast to Yunnan in the south.”

The What’s on Weibo website (referring to Sina Weibo, known as China’s version of Twitter) also posted photographs of the illustrations on May 26 that appeared to show cartoon boys with bulges in their pants and at least a cartoon girl whose underwear was on display as she jumped rope.


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