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Tintin in Old Shanghai

shanghaiaaron
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#1 · Posted: 25 Feb 2004 16:24
I found an edition of Tintin in Shanghai entitled“Tintin in Old Shanghai”, although some editions are also entitled “Tintin and the Ring of Encirclemen." It's in Chinese and I haven't been able to find any English versions.
It's a paperback book in color, about 30 pages long, published in 1988 by “Haha Comic Press.” The plot has Tintin on the run in Old Shanghai from the Japanese police and some rich Westerners with a Chinese boy he saves from drowning in a river named “Ah Liang Xu.”
Does anyone know anything more about this edition of Tintin? Is this a legally published version or a pirated version? Has anyone read it? Any other thoughts?
Any information would be greatly appreciated!
Harrock n roll
Moderator
#2 · Posted: 25 Feb 2004 17:12
Sounds very similar to the plot of The Blue Lotus although at 30 pages long, shorter.

Can you give more details as to the story?
marsbar
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#3 · Posted: 26 Feb 2004 10:24
Does anyone know anything more about this edition of Tintin? Is this a legally published version or a pirated version? Has anyone read it? Any other thoughts?

'Tintin in old Shanghai' is most definitely a pirated book. China did not secure the rights to publish Tintin until 2001.
shanghaiaaron
Member
#4 · Posted: 26 Feb 2004 14:18
Thanks for the replies.

The story begins with Tintin riding a rickshaw in Shanghai, when he runs into a wealthy businessman. The businessman complains to the foreign police and the police alert the Japanese, who start to chase him. From that point on there are plot points familiar from "The Blue Lotus", but with more of an emphasis on evil Japanese and evil foreigners. One character comments on how fluent Tintin's Chinese is, and he replies, "Yes, it's my first language." The story ends with Tintin leaving Shanghai on a boat back to Belgium, and a message praising foreigners who helped in the War of Resistance against Japan.

It's strange, like Tintin is cast as a Chinese resistance fighter.

Anyone know anything else about this edition?
tybaltstone
Member
#5 · Posted: 26 Feb 2004 15:38
This sounds like a fascinating propaganda item chopped and changed from Le Lotus Bleu, a great little collector's piece (certainly so, judging by the price it's going for on ebay!), probably to help steer young Chinese in the 'right direction' politically.

Tintin does seem to lend himself to political causes quite nicely (apart from Hergé's own leanings evident in the stories). There was that Breaking Away (or Breaking Free?) book - not using Hergé art - a very left-wing union propaganda item. It was quite good, I thought, though a bit too militant for my tastes! I don't have it any more.

Didn't the Chinese also try to change the title of 'Tintin in Tibet' to 'Tintin in Chinese Tibet'?
Harrock n roll
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#6 · Posted: 26 Feb 2004 15:55
There's info about 'Tintin in Chinese Tibet' at this link:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/arts/2002554.stm

Also Breaking Free has recently been republished. I lost mine too, but I won't be rushing out to buy another copy just yet...

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