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The Best Political Cartoons of the Year, 2009 Edition by Brian Fairrington, Daryl Cagle

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Not So Funny in China

China hosted the Olympics in 2008 and news from China was in the headlines all year long, with a massive earthquake in Szechwan province, Olympic torch relay protests against Chinese rule in Tibet, and a scandal about milk tainted with industrial melamine.

I went on a speaking tour in China as part of a cultural exchange through the U.S. State Department, talking to college audiences about my political cartoons and what it’s like to be an editorial cartoonist in America. I was there just before the Olympics, at the time of the earthquake. I had an opportunity to meet with lots of Chinese cartoonists, to learn about the cartooning profession there, and to meet lots of eager, interesting college audiences.

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