Hexie Farm

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Hexie Farm's title as seen on the official blog. Below the title is the description provided by Baidu, roughly translating to:"According to relevant law regulations and policy, part of the results cannot be displayed. -Baidu".

Hexie Farm (simplified Chinese: ; traditional Chinese: ; pinyin: xiè nóngchǎng), by an author known as Crazy Crab, is an online political cartoon in China critical of the Chinese government. Hexie in Chinese Pinyin is a pun on harmony and river crab. The cartoon started running in August 2010, focusing on animal characters living in a "Harmonic Farm". It is loosely based on George Orwell’s novel Animal Farm.[1]


The author of Hexie Farm remains anonymous for safety reasons; no photo or personal information of him has been released. He is simply referred to with the pen name of Crazy Crab.[2] He is a fan of Calvin and Hobbes as well as Snoopy. He began drawing political cartoons after reading news about Feng Zhenghu, and Tang Fu-zhen self-immolation incident.[3]


Hexie Farm was started in August 2010 and at the time focused on the life of the protagonist farm animals. The web cartoon quickly gained attention from internet activists in China, and first gained media attention in July 2011.[4] It used micro-blogging platforms in China such as Weibo to gain attention. By October 2011, Hexie Farm was recognized by the Chinese government and was officially banned in China.[5] All content related to the cartoon was marked as harmful content and deleted from Chinese search engines and websites. Crazy Crab stated in an interview he regards the censorship of his cartoons an honor.[3]

On October 4, 2011, Crazy Crab launched the online campaign Dark Glasses Portrait to support the blind lawyer Chen Guangcheng.[6] The campaign grew quickly and began receiving submissions from all over the world.[7] Following Chen's escape in April 2012[8] the campaign continued, though now in support of Chen's family, who were under arrest, with the motto "Together, let's support Guangcheng, aid Guangcheng, until Chen and his family are completely free!" ("让我们一起,关注光诚,声援光诚,直至他和他的家人得到完全自由!").[9]

In early 2012, Crazy Crab published multiple cartoons that were influenced by the self-immolation incidents in Tibet.[10]


  1. ^ Maria Dolores Cabras (2011-11-09). "Ten awkward questions to ask Crazy Crab, cartoonist who challenges China's Great Firewall". The Post Interna-zionale. Archived from the original on 2012-03-14. Retrieved 2012-04-23. 
  2. ^ Mary Kay Magistad (2012-10-01). "Why Chinese Political Humor is Spreading Online". The World.org. Retrieved 2012-04-30. 
  3. ^ a b Tjeerd Royaards (2012-01-23). "They Fear the Truth, They Fear Cartoons". Cartoon Movement. Retrieved 2012-04-30. 
  4. ^ "Caratteri Cinesi: L'insostenibile leggerezza dei granchi". China Files. 2011-07-13. Retrieved 2012-04-29. 
  5. ^ "国新办:蟹农场". China Digital Times. 2011-10-31. Retrieved 2012-05-01. 
  6. ^ "墨镜.肖像". China Digital Times. 2011-10-04. Retrieved 2012-04-26. 
  7. ^ Patrick Goodenough (2011-10-31). "Int'l 'Sunglasses' Campaign Launched on Behalf of Chinese Activist Who Exposed Forced Abortion". CNS News. Retrieved 2012-04-30. 
  8. ^ Patrick Goodenough (2012-04-27). "China dissident Chen Guangcheng escapes house arrest". BBC News. Retrieved 2012-04-28. 
  9. ^ Crazy Crab (2011-10-04). "墨镜.肖像 Dark Glasses. Portrait". Hexie Farm. Retrieved 2012-04-30. 
  10. ^ ""向僧侣和历史致敬的画"——疯蟹笔下的西藏". DW. 2012-04-24. Retrieved 2012-04-30. 

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