[Monkey and Wukong]
By: DUAN Yanlin (Jockey Club Academy Hall)
If you talk about monkeys with Chinese people, the first word that comes into people’s mind is very likely to be “Wukong,” also known as the Monkey King. Being one of the main characters in the great Chinese novel Journey to the West, Sun Wukong stands for bravery, cleverness, naughtiness and humour. Like many other young kids in China, I grew up watching the TV series Journey to the West and that was why my first idol was neither Jay Chau or Andy Lau but this monkey.
As the Year of Monkey has arrived, our cherished childhood memories of sitting in the couch with mom and dad, watching Wukong fighting against monsters and protecting his Master, Tang Sanzang, started to flood back. Liu Xiao Ling Tong, who was casted Wukong in the 1986 version of Journey to the West, became popular once more. After his recent appearance in Pepsi’s 2016 mini-movie advertisement (which features the story of why Liu Xiao Ling Tong becomes the cast of Wukong), recent rumor said that he was going to perform at the 2016 Spring Festival Gala but the show had been cancelled. It arose an uproar over the Internet as netizens in Mainland China argued why the best representative of “Year of Monkey” could not join the biggest celebration event in the country. Anyhow, it is time for all of us to put down disputes and get ready for welcoming a new year: wish all residents and staff a great Year of Monkey!
文: 段延麟 (賽馬會群智堂)