Review: Boxers & Saints by Gene Luen Yang

Graphic take on yin and yang of rebellion: The Australian

BoxersBoxers & Saints also offers different perspectives of one story, but this time in the bold form of two companion volumes examining opposing sides of a historical conflict.

The subject is the Boxer Uprising, a violent movement in China beginning in 1897. In a grassroots rebellion, the Society of the Righteous and Harmonious Fist (known by Westerners as Boxers because of their martial arts skills) tried to eradicate Christian missions and foreign imperialism. The uprising culminated in the imperial court supporting the Boxers and declaring war on foreign powers, resulting in a siege of Peking’s Legation Quarter.

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