Thursday, 19 February 2015

Be Like Sheep

An idyllic Chinese New Year garden party at Government House
In his Chinese New Year video message, Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying said that last year was a tumultuous one, and suggested that perhaps the city's residents should emulate this year's animal in the Chinese zodiac.

"Last year was no easy ride for Hong Kong. Our society was rife with differences and conflicts, he said. "In the coming year, I hope that all people in Hong Kong will take inspiration from the sheep's character and pull together in an accommodating manner to work for Hong Kong's future," he said.

So the wolf is telling his flock to be more docile and obedient...

Was this a deliberate message or was the metaphor completely lost on him?

Leung Chai-yan continues to create headaches for her dad
While he may be hoping for a relatively trouble-free year in 2015, so far many of his headaches have stemmed from his daughter Leung Chai-yan who has show business aspirations and keen on gaining any attention for herself at the expense of her dad's leadership image.

Officials in Beijing must be smacking their heads with their hands watching the family drama unfold on the sidelines.

For Hong Kong residents this is very amusing, though it's interesting to point out no student activists or pro-democracy leaders are taking advantage of this to smear Leung.

When Leung released the video, he was quick to point out that the children in the video were not paid actors, and that they had "language impairments".

In his message, the wolf tells the people to be like sheep...
But many were quick to point out the wolf and sheep metaphor, which also brings to mind the 2004 Chinese novel Wolf Totem by Lu Jianmin (pen name Jiang Rong), who suggests people should not be sheep who blindly follow others and instead become wolves with free spirits to survive.

Perhaps Hong Kong people should take a page out of Wolf Totem and unleash their independent streaks. Maybe sales of Lufsig will pick up again?