Year of the Rooster comes up trumps

The Star Early Edition - - BUSINESS REPORT - Paul Traynor

A CHI­NESE fac­tory has been do­ing a brisk busi­ness sell­ing gi­ant in­flat­able roost­ers, some as tall as al­most 5 me­tres, based on a de­sign widely per­ceived in China to re­sem­ble Pres­i­dent-elect Don­ald Trump.

Yi­fang In­flat­a­bles, a fac­tory in the city of Ji­ax­ing, near Shang­hai, be­gan sell­ing the in­flat­a­bles af­ter im­ages of a large sculp­ture of a sim­i­lar de­sign out­side a shop­ping cen­tre in the north­ern city of Taiyuan went vi­ral on so­cial me­dia last month.

Orig­i­nal de­sign

The orig­i­nal statue was de­signed by US-based artist Casey La­ti­o­lais. Wei Qing, the owner of the fac­tory in Ji­ax­ing, said they have sold around 100 of the roost­ers, in sizes from 2 to 5 me­tres tall, to shop­ping cen­tres in main­land China and Tai­wan. Wei said some cus­tomers think the rooster re­sem­bles Don­ald Trump, but that the man­u­fac­tur­ers had no say over that.

The so­cial me­dia sen­sa­tion comes as China pre­pares to cel­e­brate the Lu­nar Year of the Rooster, start­ing on Jan­uary 28, the coun­try’s most im­por­tant tra­di­tional hol­i­day. “It does seem like it’s got a per­son­al­ity, more so than chick­ens in pre­vi­ous years” in the Chi­nese zo­diac, Wei said. “But be­cause this is China’s Year of the Rooster, it has gone vi­ral on the in­ter­net.”

“I think this chicken is re­ally spe­cial, so I de­cided to man­u­fac­ture it,” Wei added.

The so­cial me­dia sen­sa­tion comes as China pre­pares to cel­e­brate the Lu­nar Year of the Rooster on Jan­uary 28.

PHOTO: AP

A gi­ant in­flat­able rooster, widely per­ceived in China to re­sem­ble US Pres­i­dent-elect Don­ald Trump, is in­flated at a fac­tory near Shang­hai on Fri­day. The fac­tory be­gan sell­ing the in­flat­a­bles af­ter a sim­i­lar de­sign went vi­ral on so­cial me­dia last month.

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