Wednesday, July 6, 2022

Cartoonist: Paul Fung and His Daughter, Pauline

National Magazine, October 1919
Most of the newspaper readers of the United States are familiar with the work of Paul Fung, who is said to be the only Chinese cartoonist working on an American newspaper. But few—very few—people know that he is married and has a little daughter who was born in June of this year. 

Fung is twenty-two years old. He is the son of the Reverend Fung Chack, Baptist minister and a graduate of Leland Stanford University. Paul was born in the United States. When he was five years old, his father took him to China, where he attended school for six years. His father hoped to make a minister of him, a sort of Chinese Billy Sunday. But Paul had already become interested in another line of endeavor. As he strolled about the streets of Canton, the boy sketched with pad and pencil the quaint characters and scenes of the Orient, and showed so much skill in his drawings that his father, finally despairing of making a minister of him, brought him back to America. 

Fung went thru the grade schools of Seattle and the Lincoln high school. While he was still in high school his clever sketches came to the notice of the managers of a string of vaudeville houses on the Pacific Coast. He was signed up for a chalk talk behind the footlights, and made one tour of the vaudeville circuit, then turned down a longer contract to go back to school. 

When Fung finished high school, he tucked a folio of his sketches under his arm and tackled a newspaper office. He sat for two hours on a hard bench in front of the managing editor’s sanctum before he was noticed and invited in for an interview. Given an opening, Fung, who had his recitation all framed up in advance and rehearsed many times, delivered it. He was given a chance to show his talent and made good. He still works for that newspaper. 

Fung has developed into a clever caricaturist. One of his best drawings he believes to be the war poster, “The Sweetheart of the Allies,” which showed a Salvation Army lassie serving doughnuts to the men in the trenches. This picture was copied all over the world 

Fung has many friends and thousands of admirers. He has a real sense of humor and possesses the American point of view. 

“What do you like to draw best of all?” he was asked. 

Fung's gaze unconsciously went to a picture of his wife and baby which rests in a frame on the back of his desk. 

“Nowdays,” he replied with a smile, “I like best to draw a paycheck.” 

Seattle Daily Times, March 9, 1920

Variety, March 26, 1920

Relates Posts
Paul Fung in the Oregonian
Paul Fung at Franklin High School
Paul Fung in Cartoons Magazine
Paul Fung in Sunset Magazine
Paul Fung in The Literary Digest
Paul Fung in Everybody’s Magazine
Paul Fung’s Sheet Music Covers
Paul Fung in the American Art Annual
Paul Fung and the Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Paul Fung and the Landon School
Paul Fung in World’s Finest Comics
Paul Fung in Pen and Ink
Paul Fung in Ron Goulart’s Comics History Magazine
Paul Fung in the Seattle Star
Paul Fung in The Makins’ of a Soldier in Twenty Spasms
Paul Fung in the Tolo Annual 1915
Paul Fung in The Editor & Publisher
Paul Fung in Motion Picture World
Paul Fung in The American Boy
Paul Fung, Keye Luke and Art Huhta in Seattle
Paul Fung, Soo Yong, Anna Chang, Yun Gee and Willie Fung in The China Weekly Review
Paul Fung in The Quill

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