Baopu #89: People Like Me

A camera with the words "like, share, buy, click" asks Bapou a series of invasive questions. Bapou continues to purposefully sidestep and deflect the questions, cheeky responding that they are interested in talking as an illustrator until a marginalized identity. Then the camera finally offers to spend a lot of corporate money for one quote, and Bapou gladly accepts the money and walks away. The quote on the camera when Bapou walks away reads "Only if they deserve to hold your pain."

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Yao Xiao

Yao Xiao is a China-born illustrator based in New York City. Yao Xiao creates artwork depicting a poetic visual world where complex concepts and human emotions are examined, amplified, and given physical form. Her work has helped people all over the globe connect at unique moments, from the celebration of the 20 Year Anniversary of the SXSW Interactive Festival, to the grand release of pop singer Katy Perry's single 'Dark Horse.' She has created deeply emotional and beautiful graphics for editorial print publications, pop music record covers, concert posters and book covers. Yao Xiao's serialized comic Baopu currently runs monthly on Autostraddle. It is an original comic exploring the nuances in searching for identities, connections and friendships through the fictional life of a young, queer emigrant. Baopu stands for 'holding simplicity,' a Taoist ideal of wishing to return to a simpler state. Find her on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Etsy or her website.

Yao has written 132 articles for us.


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