Love Hunter

Victo Ngai

Maybe it’s spring time, or the lack of it in NY, I have been drawing more flowers and women than usual. 

"Love Hunter" runs in today’s NYtimes Business section. The story is about modern day Chinese matchmaker, and how much love cost in today’s materialistic China. It’s a very interesting and depressing article, you can read it here, I highly recommend it!

Funny I got this assignment, I had dinner with some remote relatives just a couple weeks ago and got schooled about marriage. They told me I should find a lawyer, doctor or a banker as husband, quit my job and concentrate on being a good wife and mother. I was pretty upset but couldn’t speak up against them as they were the elders. I later told my non-lawyer/doctor/banker white illusrtator boyfriend about it and he found the conversation very absurb and hard to believe, so I made him read this NYtimes story.

There were good news and bad news during the creation of this piece. When AD Minh proposed to me the idea of having the hunter looking for the most exotic and beautiful woman-bird, I thought it’s brilliant and perfect because it talks about how women are being objectified and their appearance is the only thing that matters.The editor was skeptical about the concept initially, but we got the green light eventually after pushing hard for it. That was the good news. The bad news - this cover image bumped by a photo and became an interior page last min.

Thank you Minh, always a pleasure!

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