Since the 21st of last month (May 2021), my home, Guangzhou, has encountered a new Covid wave carried by the Delta Variant. The mutated virus spreads very rapidly and has a strong infectious power. For a while, Guangzhou City was gripped by a tense atmosphere.
The arrival time of this new Covid wave coincided with our Dragon Boat Festival. At this time of year, Guangzhou enters the sultry, thunderstorm “dragon boat water” season. In order to protect the lives of the people in the city, our government, the CDC, the medical workers, CPC members, police officers, community workers, volunteers, and many other staff have rushed to the frontline of disease prevention and control without hesitation. In the heat, wind and rain, they use their bodies to build solid walls of protection for the people; with their professionalism and strong willpower, they successfully lead the general public to stay ahead of the virus. Till the time I wrote this article, there have been zero new indigenous Covid cases in Guangzhou for 9 consecutive days.
A team flag with the character “Home”stands on top of the stem of the dragon boat.
Achieving this great result in such a short time on preventing and controlling the virus, the strong leadership of the city is a must, and it is also inseparable from the active, patient, and methodical cooperation of all the residents of Guangzhou. Every single one of us in Guangzhou loves our home. In the past one month, Guangzhou has implemented multiple rounds of large-scale nucleic acid testing based on the principle of due diligence, and set the world's largest record of 16 million nucleic acid tests completed in just 11 days. Facing the virus, we have demonstrated the speed of Guangzhou, the high-tech power of Guangzhou, and the unity and bravery of our Guangzhou people.
A vivid red Kapok flower girl wearing a Qipao is waving a huge "Guangzhou Stay Strong” flag on the middle of the dragon boat.
Guangzhou is a heroic city, and our city flower is the hero flower, the Kapok flower. I am extremely proud of my birth and growth in this great city. During the Wuhan epidemic last year, I created an illustration titled "I want to give you a hug, lovely people". This year, my hometown Guangzhou suffers from this new Covid wave, as a local artist, I feel obligated to record our own story about the fight against the virus in Guangzhou with my abilities.
This is the reason that I created this new artwork "Guangzhou. Home. Stay strong." Led by the medical workers and CPC members, racing against the virus, a solid and beautiful dragon boat which is rowed by our medical staffs, police officers, CPC members, community workers, volunteers, Kapok flower girl and dim sum kids is passing the rolling mountains of Zongzi, a series of Guangzhou landmarks like the Canton tower, Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall, The Five Goats statue, sailing through the dark clouds and ushering into the bright sunshine.
I want to use this work to wish that the new Covid wave in Guangzhou will be over soon, the bustle of Guangzhou city life which we all miss a lot will come back shortly. Guangzhou, my home, stay strong! I love you!
I also want to make this illustration as a tribute to the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of China, and wish our motherland prosperity forever under the leadership of CPC. China, Stay Strong!