French artist Zabo arrived in Hong Kong in 1967, and condensed his year-long stay into a book of cartoons which has come to be known as an emblem of the era. Hong Kong’s street scenes, people and fashions are humorously illustrated with sharp satire, covering popular pastimes, social etiquette, age-old traditions and the customs of local people as well as foreign residents.
Even half a century later, Zabo’s portrayal of Hong Kong still rings true, and his take on local life will resonate with everyone who lived through the Swinging Sixties – or wishes they had.
About the author
Daniel Zabo is a cartoonist who has travelled and worked around the world. He lives in France.
After graduating from “les beaux Arts” in Paris, he worked in television and film animation, but decided to up and off it to Africa; thereon to South America, the United States, Alaska, Japan, Southeast Asia, India and Bhutan, earning bread by sketching, selling crocodiles, and cartooning for various magazines: Punch, Evergreen, Asia Magazine, South China Morning Post and Paris Match.
His work includes a book of cartoons gently playing with the idiosyncrasies of the Japanese (Kamikaze) and two short films on Japan and India. Hong Kong Sweet and Sour is the result of a year’s experience in Hong Kong.