Xixi Xian’s story

Relationships and language heal together.

Explore Xixi Xian’s journey with Cantonese.

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Illustrator’s process and reflections

Xixi’s story is one of strength and grace. I was drawn to the way that relearning her mother tongues is playing a part in a larger process of reconnection and healing. With this comic, I tried to strike a balance – while many of Xixi’s experiences have been difficult (reflecting challenges that migrant communities and children sometimes face), I wanted to make sure I also included some of the positive relationships and moments that have shaped Xixi’s life.

K Emma Ng