Being Chinese in Aotearoa: A Photographic Exhibition



This is the final weekend of the Being Chinese in Aotearoa: A Photographic Exhibition at the Auckland War Memorial Museum; presenting a glimpse of some of the Chinese New Zealanders who’s history spans 175 years in the country.

Helene Wong and I produced a series of comic stories to accompany the photographic exhibition. The Quiet Achievers: From Gardens to Gold Medals are a contemporary work, focusing on the surprising and unexpected stories of some of the Chinese New Zealanders who have lived, worked and contributed to Auckland.

Copies of the comics can be purchased at the Museum Store here.

Here are some photos of our comic works, during the final weekend of the exhibition:






Behind the scenes: The Quiet Achievers


Here’s a cool behind the scenes video of Helene Wong and I, talking about our collaboration for The Quiet Achievers comic we produced for Auckland War Memorial Museum’s Being Chinese in Aotearoa exhibition.

It’s on until February 2018, so there’s still heaps of time to catch it if you’re in Auckland.

Give Nothing to Racism


I’m really proud to be involved in the Human Rights Commission’s anti-racism campaign. We all know racism is harmful, and I’ve personally had plenty of overt experiences with racism. But there are also more subtle, everyday experiences which help keep racism alive. Snide remarks, racist jokes; they are all part of it. So together, let’s give nothing to racism…

For more info, and to create and upload your own video, go to


Revolver: A Pop-up & Pocket Exhibition


I’ve got a couple of new artworks on display at Satellites‘ pop-up and pocket exhibiiton, Revolver, at New Lynn Station.

Revolver_Hayden_01photo by Hayden Eastmond-Mein

It’s a cool concept; six artists’ work are displayed over a six week period, two artists at a time, for two weeks (does that make sense?). First up are t.wei and myself. Then Vasanti Unka and Nathan Foon. Followed by Jem Yoshioka and Jark Pane in the final two weeks. Added bonus, all of the artworks are reproduced as pocket-sized postcards and are free to take away.
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The theme of the exhibition is ‘the future’, and I channeled all of my dystopian-future fears for my two pieces. There’s a lot of worrying stuff happening in the world right now (as always, right?)… antibiotic resistant superbugs, wars, terror attacks, racial and religious tension, the widening gap between rich and poor; the list goes on. Sometimes I wonder what the world will be like when my daughters are grown up, when I’m long-gone. I hope they will live in a safe, civilised society. But for this exhibition, I’ve imagined my daughters (at the ages they currently are) in a chaotic future world, surviving the best they can.


RISE_OF_THE_SUPERBUGSRise of the Superbugs

SKIRMISH_AT_MERCHANT_QUARTERSkirmish at Merchant Quarter

Revolver runs between between May – June 2017 at New Lynn Station, Auckland. Check it out before it’s gone!

Radio Lollipop drawing class


(photo by Sarah Morrison)

Recently I visited the Radio Lollipop volunteers at Auckland Hospital, during one of their regular training mornings. The Radio Lollipop volunteers provide a great service for kids staying at Starship Children’s Hospital; it’s their role to make “a child’s stay at hospital more fun and less frightening” through games, activities and play. Cool eh?

Apparently the children often ask for drawings of animals or their favourite cartoon characters, and many of the volunteers feel less than skilled in this area. So I was happy to be invited to join them for a morning to teach them some drawing techniques.

I demonstrated a quick process for drawing cartoons – sketching very lightly using simple shapes (circles, triangles and rectangles) to create the basic shape of the cartoon, adding details, then outlining with a pen, and adding colour with pencils or crayons.

The volunteers produced some amazing cartoons (not a stick figure in sight!); we drew lions, elephants, dragons and Anais Watterson (the lil’ pink rabbit from The Amazing World of Gumball). It was a super fun session. Here’s some photos I took:

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Thanks to Sarah for inviting me along. I hope the Radio Lollipop volunteers enjoy showing off their new drawing skills to the young patients at Starship Hospital. If you’d like to donate to Radio Lollipop, to help with their worthy work, hit the link!