Xiong Dun

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Xiong Dun (熊頓) (19 October 1982 — 16 November 2012) was the pen-name of Xiang Yao (項瑤), a Chinese cartoonist, who documented her experience with cancer in her web comic Go to the Devil, Mr. Tumor. Her story was later adapted into a Chinese film, Go Away Mr. Tumor (Gun dan ba! Zhong liu jun) (2015).

Early life[edit]

Xiang Yao was from Lishui in Zhejiang province.[1]


Xiang Yao worked as an illustrator for Beijing advertising company, while creating comics using the name Xiong Dun,[2] with titles like A Bachelorette's Diary, Superwoman on Diet, and Maturing into Womanhood. She had six books of cartoons published.[3]

Xiong Dun began to experience symptoms that were diagnosed as non-Hodgkins lymphoma in August 2011. She blamed her own long hours for her turn of health, saying "I hope my illness will sound alarm bells to those workaholics like me."[4] Despite the grim subject, the cartoon was upbeat in tone,[5] with humorous illustrations and observations about her cancer and treatments.[1]

Personal life and legacy[edit]

Xiong Dun died in November 2012, aged 30. "Death is only a result," she assured her fans. "How you live is the most important."[6] A film based on her life and work, Go Away Mr. Tumor, directed by Han Yan and starring Bai Baihe and Daniel Wu, was released in China in 2015.[7]


  1. ^ a b Lin Lin, "Chinese Cartoonists Gain Popularity" Women of China (5 March 2012).
  2. ^ "Tale of Hope and Humor Ends in Sadness" CCTV.com (19 November 2012).
  3. ^ "Farewell, Xiang Yao" CRI English (2 January 2013).
  4. ^ Rebecca Lin, "China's Naoko Takagi Died of Cancer" Sino-US China News (20 November 2012).
  5. ^ "The Year in People" Global Times (30 December 2012).
  6. ^ "Cancer-fighting Cartoonist's Story Touches Chinese Moviegoers" New China (19 August 2015).
  7. ^ Maggie Lee, "Film Review: 'Go Away, Mr. Tumor'" Variety (19 September 2015).