[Monkey and Wukong]【猴子和悟空】

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[Monkey and Wukong]

By: DUAN Yanlin (Jockey Club Academy Hall)

Image: orig02.deviantart.net

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!

【猴子和悟空】

文: 段延麟 (賽馬會群智堂)

圖: orig02.deviantart.net

如果你跟中國人談論起猴子,腦海中第一個蹦出來的詞可能就是「悟空」──也就是齊天大聖。孫悟空是中國四大名著《西遊記》中的主要角色之一,他象徵著勇敢、聰慧、淘氣和幽默。和其他內地的許多小孩一樣,我也是看著《西遊記》的電視連續劇長大的。這也就是為什麼我的第一個偶像既不是周杰倫也不是劉德華,而是這隻猴子。

猴年已至,童年那些珍藏的回憶也隨著新年的腳步重新進入我們的腦海:和爸爸媽媽窩在沙發上一起看孫猴子三打白骨精的場面依舊是那麼的溫暖。1986年央視版《西遊記》孫悟空的扮演者六小齡童也隨著猴年的到來又火了一次。除了他在百事可樂2016年的微電影中出現(這部微電影——《把樂帶回家之猴王世家》,講述了六小齡童的童年和為什麼他會成為孫悟空的扮演者),最近還有傳言說六小齡童要上2016年的春晚,但後來他的節目在其中一次彩排後又沒有通過總導演的審核。這些消息在網上激起了網民的討論,大家爭執著「孫悟空」這個猴年最佳代表缺席春晚是不是會讓這次晚會變的不再那麼吸引人。無論結果怎樣,現在是時候讓我們放下爭執、準備迎新了:預祝全體宿生和宿舍的工作人員猴年快樂!

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