Photos by MJ Klein
The Giant Little Yellow Rubber Duck has invaded Taiwan – and your favorite blogger was there to get photos!
Naturally we had to take Phoenix to see the duck. But don’t get me wrong – we didn’t make a special trip just to see the duck – we were in Kaohsiung visiting the family and it just so happens that the duck was just down the street. But why call it “The Giant Little Yellow Rubber Duck” you might ask? Well, that is a cross-cultural name I came up with.
In Chinese they call it the “Yellow Little Duck” which makes total sense when you stop and think about it. Anyone who has ever seen baby ducks can tell you that all baby ducks are yellow. So, this duck being yellow, it must be a representation of a baby duck and hence, little. In the Western world, we have “rubber ducks” which children (and yes, admittedly some adults) use in the bathtub. This depiction of a duck is obviously giant, and in English I would call it a “giant rubber duck” so I added the Chinese description in English, and so we have: The Giant Little Yellow Rubber Duck!
This is Hui-chen holding Phoenix and showing her the duck. The funny thing is, when the duck is on TV, Phoenix gets all excited and starts pointing to it. But when she saw the duck up close and in person, she couldn’t have cared less.
Let’s move to another place around the bend and see if we can’t get a better angle on the duck, OK?
Phoenix did enjoy seeing the duck. Notice the woman to the left. She is posing for a photograph with her hand out, like she’s holding the duck. We saw all sorts of poses with the duck, including some guy holding up his fist as if he were punching the duck. Go figure.
The duck is now gone from this place and is being set up in Taoyuan. We’ll be visiting the duck again as Taoyuan is very close to where we live. So stay tuned for more duck photos soon!
I want to leave you with this rather stark photo of the 85 building in Kaohsiung, arguably one of the most interesting buildings in Taiwan.
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