Wednesday, 23 March 2011

Cooking Up Votes

Yan can cook and raise funds for Republicans too
Regina Ip Lau Suk-yee (葉劉淑儀) is trying to spice up her political party ambitions by recruiting celebrity chef Martin Yan.
Yep -- the chairwoman of the New People's Party is having the "Wok with Yan" star as an adviser.
She could not be specific on what kind of advice Yan would give, only that she liked his catchphrase, "If Yan can do it, so can you".
Uh huh.
Ip added that Yan was active in politics, as the mainland-born, San Francisco-based chef is involved in Republican fundraising in the United States and thinks he would be a valuable asset in Hong Kong.
"Many Chinese in the US are more pro-Republican than pro-Democrat, as the Republicans are viewed as a more pro-business part. He is politically savvy and will have a big influence," she said. "Martin is from Hong Kong originally, so he keeps up with the news here and he knew me straight away."
Uh huh. One wonders how Yan recognized Ip -- was it for when she won a seat in the Hong Kong Legislative Council in 2008, or was it when she was Secretary for Security and tried to pass Article 23, where some half a million people protested against the anti-subversion law on the streets of Hong Kong on July 1, 2003.

She resigned and went to Stanford to study a Masters a few years waiting for things to cool down; in 2007 she tried to win a seat in the LegCo elections, but lost to the more popular former Chief Secretary Anson Chan.
Regina Ip
For the record Yan was born in Guangzhou and moved to Hong Kong when he was 13 years old. After he got his diploma in cooking he left for Canada.
"He's a charismatic person," Ip added. "I love his catchphrase, '[If] Yan can cook, so can you!' It means the sky is the limit if you just try your best. Martin is a self-made man and a Hong Kong success story. He is very inspiring to many people here."

Yan's cooking shows aren't broadcast here of course, but he periodically shows up in Chinese TV shows talking about various aspects of Chinese cuisine. So it's a bit odd wondering what kind of advice Yan will give Ip's political party.

Ip is also hoping entrepreneur and Ocean Park Chairman Allan Zeman will also boost her party's prospects with his "rags-to-riches" story too.

She admits her party is targeting rich and successful constituents, describing New People's Party as centre-right and unapologetic about its elitist image.

So Ip is not going to be representing the interests of the working class or public-housing constituencies... seems like this is a calculated move on her part to win as many votes as possible.

But Martin Yan as an adviser?

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