Chinese New Year in Hong Kong: A Confession
|Great Stone Dragon at Pak Tai temple in Wan Chai, Hong Kong.|
As many of my readers know, MsCaroline has two children who are in their mid-to-late teens, which means they were born in the 1990s. What this means is that MsCaroline shares powerful memories with them of 1990s and early 2000s kid culture, which (in our case) includes(but is not limited to) Barney
As good parents, of course, MsCaroline and MrLogical
What this means is that MsCaroline was also deeply influenced by these films, and, during her recent trip to Hong Kong, was distressed to realize just to what extent this indoctrination had taken place.
Upon her arrival at the historic Pak Tai Temple in Wan Chai, in Hong Kong, MsCaroline (sadly) did not immediately think, "What a tremendous example of sculpture!" or, "It is truly an honor to be seeing this influential symbol that has influenced thousands of years of dynastic rule!"
No, MsCaroline looked at the carving and artistry above, and immediately thought of Eddie Murphy as the voice of Mushu in the 1998 Disney production of Mulan, and found herself muttering, "Go! Awaken the Great Stone Dragon!"
Sad, isn't it? But then, MsCaroline has never claimed to be the last word in culture. And she's 99% sure that she is not the only parent who's had this experience. At least she hopes not.