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).
Xiang Yao worked as an illustrator for Beijing advertising company, while creating comics using the name Xiong Dun, with titles like A Bachelorette's Diary, Superwoman on Diet, and Maturing into Womanhood. She had six books of cartoons published.
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." Despite the grim subject, the cartoon was upbeat in tone, with humorous illustrations and observations about her cancer and treatments.
Personal life and legacy
Xiong Dun died in November 2012, aged 30. "Death is only a result," she assured her fans. "How you live is the most important." 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.
- Lin Lin, "Chinese Cartoonists Gain Popularity" Women of China (5 March 2012).
- "Tale of Hope and Humor Ends in Sadness" CCTV.com (19 November 2012).
- "Farewell, Xiang Yao" CRI English (2 January 2013).
- Rebecca Lin, "China's Naoko Takagi Died of Cancer" Sino-US China News (20 November 2012).
- "The Year in People" Global Times (30 December 2012).
- "Cancer-fighting Cartoonist's Story Touches Chinese Moviegoers" New China (19 August 2015).
- Maggie Lee, "Film Review: 'Go Away, Mr. Tumor'" Variety (19 September 2015).