The family of Xia Junfeng, a Shenyang hawker who was executed last month, is now entangled in a plagiarism scandal over the son’s paintings, South China Morning Post reports.
13-year old Xia Jianqiang drew paintings in the past few years depicting his family’s struggles which only got worse when his father was sentenced to death for killing two members of the infamous chengguan force which sparked widespread outcry.
The collection, titled Xia Jiangqiang’s paintings, consists of 150 published paintings and cost 128 Yuan each on online shopping website dangdang.com
Some of the paintings closely resemble those of the famed Taiwanese illustrator Jimmy Liao Fubin which has prompted Xia Jianqiang’s mother, Zhang Jing, to issue an apology on her Weibo account, admitting that her son “imitated” Jimmy’s paintings.
She also added, “I would like to apologize to Jimmy Liao and explain myself to him.”
However, while plagiarism is a serious offense, maybe we can give the kid some leeway due to extenuating circumstances. Especially since he’s only 13.
[Image via: South China Morning post]