Monday, September 26, 2011
Reader's Diary #763- Song Zelai (translated by Nancy Tsai): Jingzhen, Taiwan 1978
This week another story choice inspired by the Amazing Race. The 19th season started on Sunday with contestants first making their way to Taiwan.
From Song Zewai comes "Jingzhen, Taiwan 1978," the title referring to the setting. Basically it's a story of two competitors, Wu Quan, a self made businessmen and Ding Yen, who was born into wealth and business savvy. It's at a time when rumours abound that the U.S. is threatening to no longer recognize Taiwan. Consequently the Taiwanese markets are crashing. As people start to panic, selling off assets, moving, and investing in gold, Ding Yen makes a move to use fear and paranoia to his advantage.
With the similarities to today's deteriorating markets and skittishness compounded by the fear mongering of the news media, I quite enjoyed this cautionary tale, though I was surprised that Zewai switched focus from Wu to Ding. It's not just a Canadian thing to root for the underdog, is it?
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