An American artist illustrates a webcomic love letter to her hometown of Wuhan

Laura Gao was born in Wuhan before moving to the US at the age of 3. An experienced graphic designer who now works for Twitter, Gao has been — understandably — frustrated with the virulant racism that's accompanied the worldwide outbreak of the novel coronavirus, and Trump's continued insistence on blaming China for the virus.

But Wuhan isn't as well-known as other cities in China, even though it has a larger population than London or New York. So instead of letting her hometown continue to be associated with a pandemic, Gao wrote and illustrated a new webcomic to help people get to know the city where she was born, beyond those gross racist implications.

It's a short read, but it will remind you that Wuhan is indeed a place of humans, culture, and history, all of which deserve appreciation and respect.

The Wuhan I Know [Laura Gao]

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A candle that smells like Chinese takeout

With hints of soy, lemongrass, and ginger, here's a candle crafted to smell like Chinese food. Because. That's why.

If someone opens a carton of Chinese food within 100 feet of us we end up drifting over like a cartoon character carried by the aroma. While ordering takeout every day is tempting, we think we’ve developed a more financially viable way to enjoy that scent... Each 100% soy wax candle is made in the USA and offers a burn time of over 80 hours. You could leave that carton of lo mein out for days on end, but we think this is a better idea.

The Takeout Candle is available from Cool Material for $24.95 (which seems like a fortune).

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