* Winner of the 2009 Government Information Office Comic Award
* The first comic book from Taiwan to be adapted for television
The proprietor of a small-town barbershop comes to grips with his past when a teenage girl appears at his doorstep bringing news of the father who abandoned him nearly three decades ago.
Just shy of middle age, Hua is the second-generation proprietor of a small-town barbershop. His only employee is a young assistant who has just been released from prison on parole. The name of the barbershop, Dong Hua Chun, brings together the names of Hua and his parents, but, ironically, his family is not so whole as the name would imply – on Hua’s tenth birthday, his father abandoned him and his mother without even saying goodbye.
Now, nearly 30 years later, Hua receives an apologetic letter from his father. In the letter he explains that he is dying, and begs Hua to look after his teenage daughter after he is gone. By coincidence, the half-sister Hua never knew existed arrives at the barbershop the same day, initiating profound changes for Hua and his understanding of his past.
Dong Hua Chun Barbershop is the seminal work from comic book maestro Ruan Guang-Min. The first volume was published in 2010 to widespread critical acclaim, and was later followed by a television adaptation. Now, twelve years later, the second one has been published, continuing the emotional authenticity, warmth, and humor of the original.