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Illustrator and COVID-19 survivor captures uplifting moments in drawings

By Zhou Jin in Beijing and Liu Kun in Wuhan | China Daily | Updated: 2020-06-25 10:05

Li Jing and her book, Wuhan Diary. [Photo provided to China Daily]

The central Chinese city of Wuhan has finally emerged from its darkest hour in the fight against the novel coronavirus and is in a gradual state of revival.

Local illustrator Li Jing, who herself has recovered from a personal battle with COVID-19, believes that the indelible memories of those who helped the city through the difficult period should be recorded and remembered.

Recently, she has been busy introducing readers to her newly published book-her illustrated record of stories from Wuhan based on various sources ranging from her personal experience, touching stories recounted by her friends as well as news reports and media coverage.

The book, which could be viewed as a sort of dairy, contains 288 hand-painted illustrations depicting medical staff, delivery workers, builders of the Leishenshan and Huoshenshan hospitals, police, sanitation workers, community workers, volunteers and many others who participated in the city's tenacious fight against the virus, as well as conveying the fear and love she experienced over the course of the 105-day period.

"It's my way to express gratitude to those who helped us over the past few months, and show readers what Wuhan has been through in a positive perspective," the 38-year-old explains.

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