Trump Bump: Tickets for Cantonese opera about US President sold out

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    Loong Koon-tin (left) and Chan Hung-chun play Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un in a new Chinese opera that satirizes contemporary politics.

    Maybe you were holding out to see the full Mueller report before buying your tickets, or maybe, like us, you were just too lazy to get online and book them. But whatever the reason, if you don’t already have your tickets for 

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    , it looks like you’re out of luck.

    According to ticketing website Cityline, tickets for Trump On Show at the Sunbeam Theatre in North Point have already 

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     ahead of its four-day run starting on Friday. Which is a shame, frankly, because it sounds like it’s going to be a doozy. 

    On Saturday, the opera’s playwright, Edward Li Kui-ming, spilled the beans on the details of the plot. Although the opera will debut against a backdrop of mounting US-China tensions, with an ongoing trade war and the US’ campaign against Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei, Li says that the play will focus less on the current state of affairs, and more the history of modern China — some of it made up, of course.

    According to online outlet Quartz, the play 

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    , with his daughter Ivanka discovering a suitcase marked “1972, China” containing an English version of Chairman Mao’s famed The Little Red Book. The opera then dives into a fictional (we presume; what’s in that full report?!) chapter in Trump’s past that saw him travel to China in 1972 — the year another presidential paragon, Richard Nixon, first landed in Beijing and laid the groundwork for normalized US-China relations. The play goes on to imagine not only Trump encountering Mao and China’s first premier, Zhou Enlai, but also 

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     who grew up in China, the South China Morning Post reports. Talk of the fictitious twin brother was first mentioned during 

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     last week by MATV.

    During the interview, Li said he was inspired by the story of Barack Obama’s half-brother, 

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     who lives in Shenzhen. Li said: “I thought, ‘Wow, Obama has a brother who was in China and now speaks Mandarin. What if Trump had a twin brother who was also left in China and looks almost exactly like him and also speaks Mandarin?'” He said that after finishing the script, he sent a copy to friend and frequent collaborator Lung Koon-tin — who will be donning the blonde wig and fake tan for Trump On Show — who said: “Wow, this play is great! Let’s do this one!” Li told MATV that he’s on a mission to bring Cantonese opera to the younger generation, and that Trump On Show was the second of three Cantonese operas to feature Chairman Mao.

    Li — a feng shui master who also runs the Sunbeam Theatre — is famous for penning the controversial Cantonese opera Chairman Mao, which purports to depict the private life of the founding father of the People’s Republic of China. The play was performed in 2016 to commemorate China National Day and the 47th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China, with Lung as Mao, a role he will reprise in Trump on Show.

    When news of Trump On Show first came about, netizens were excited that it could open the door for Cantonese operas about other contemporary world leaders, like unpopular former Chief Executive CY Leung, who governed Hong Kong during the 2014 Umbrella Movement; current Chinese President Xi Jinping; and even Russian president and noted Trump man-crush Vladimir Putin. But speaking to SCMP, Li said he didn’t know whether or not Xi would make an appearance in future works, admitting that he avoided sensitive historical events like the Cultural Revolution and the Tiananmen Square Massacre, saying: “Sensitive issues will always stir unhappiness. As a playwright I want to bring positive vibes to society.”

    With tickets sold out for the four-day run, it’s not clear if Sunbeam Theatre will hold reruns of Trump On Show, or if it will include English subtitles. The opera house did not respond to a request for comment from Coconuts HKas of press time. 

    Hong Kong tourist dies after slipping over Grand Canyon ledge

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    Source: Coconuts HK/HK01/ejinsight

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    The victim was part of a tour group visiting Grand Canyon West, a popular area that includes the horseshoe-shaped, glass Skywalk that juts out from the canyon wall. Photo: Reuters

    A Hongkonger plunged to his death on Thursday after slipping over a ledge while taking photos at a lookout at the Grand Canyon.

    According to Reuters, 

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     who was part of a tour group visiting Grand Canyon West, a popular tourist destination that features a horseshoe-shaped glass skywalk that juts out of a canyon wall overlooks the floor of the canyon some 1,200 meters below.

    David Leibowitz, spokesman for Grand Canyon West, said the Hongkonger, whose name has not been released, was taking photos during a mid-morning stop at the Eagle Point overlook yesterday morning when he slipped and fell. HK01 reports that the tourist’s body was found at about 4:35pm local time, and 

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    Eliza Sam gives birth to baby boy

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    Congratulations are in order for Hong Kong actress Eliza Sam and her non-celebrity husband, Joshua, who welcomed their first child yesterday afternoon (Mar 25).

    The 34-year-old announced the good news by sharing a number of pictures of her little bundle of joy on Facebook. "Welcome to the world my little BabyBooBoo! Everyone meet baby Jacob! We feel so happy and blessed to have you in our lives, you truly are our greatest gift from God. Now we have a complete set of Rock Paper and Scissors! (sic)” she wrote in English. The actress then thanked the staff at the hospital for their assistance, as well as her fans, who had sent in their well-wishes and blessings. "We’re also so grateful to Dr. Wong and the staff at Union Hospital for everything they have done for us. Apologies in advance that we can’t reply to all the messages lately, but we are so thankful for all your blessings! Can’t wait to see you all very soon!” she wrote.

    Hong Kong comedian and host Wong Cho Lam, who’s a close friend of Eliza, shared, “Her husband will definitely be a good father, he will definitely take good care of Eliza and the baby. Now, the artistes in my company are all mothers, it’s time for me to look for suitable jobs for them, so that they can earn money for their family. As for us fathers, we must all work hard." Cho Lam’s wife, Hong Kong model-actress Leanne Li, also revealed that she had seen pictures of Jacob. 

    “I will be visiting Eliza within the next few days, and will bring some baby diapers for the newborn Jacob. I’ve always kept in contact with her, and shared with her some tips from my experience as a first-time mother. Eliza’s really smart, so she’ll definitely pick up the (necessary) knowledge really fast,” Leanne said.

     


    Starved, beaten with hammer, slept with dog: worst domestic worker abuse cases of Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia

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    Source: SCMP

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    Law Wan-tung, Erwiana’s employer, is taken to court. File photo
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    A Singaporean couple who force-fed their domestic worker with a funnel, ordered her to eat her own vomit and threatened to hire an assassin to kill her family if she reported them 

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    The pair – who were sentenced two years ago in a separate case regarding the abuse of an Indonesian domestic worker – caned and kicked Myanmar national Moe Moe Than, 32, and also forced her to perform chores in her underwear.
     
    Chia Yun Ling, 43, was sentenced to 47 months in prison and fined S$4,000 (US$2,962). She was ordered to pay Than S$6,500 in compensation. Her husband, Tay Wee Kiat, 41, was jailed for 24 months and ordered to pay S$3,000 in compensation. 
     
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     have seen their fair share of domestic worker abuse. Here are some of the worst incidents over the years.

    STARVED TO DEATH

    A Malaysian couple were convicted of deliberately starving their Indonesian domestic worker to death in June 2011. Fong Kong Meng, then 58, and his wife Teoh Ching Yen, then 56, failed to provide food and medical treatment for Isti Komariyah during the three years she worked for them, the Malaysian High Court found.

    Isti, 26, who weighed barely 26kg, was declared dead on arrival at the University Malaya Medical Centre in Kuala Lumpur. She had weighed 46kg when she started working for the couple. The pair were sentenced to hang for murder in March 2014 but the Federal Court amended the charge to culpable homicide not amounting to murder and sentenced the couple to 20 years in jail last year, according to Malaysian media.

    ERWIANA

    Former domestic worker Erwiana Sulistyaningsih suffered months of abuse between May 2013 and January 2014 at the hands of her Hong Kong employer. The Indonesian, then 23, returned to her home country on January 10 in a critical condition and was admitted to a hospital in Sragen, Java. The court heard that Erwiana had a metal tube from a vacuum cleaner shoved into her mouth, injuring her lips. In another incident, she was stripped naked, sprayed with cold water and forced to stand in front of a fan for up to two hours. 

    Law Wan-tung, 44, was sentenced to six years in prison in 2015. She was convicted of 18 of 20 charges, including assaulting and criminally intimidating Erwiana and another Indonesian domestic worker, Tutik Lestari Ningsih. Law was released from jail after serving only about half of her six-year sentence and her whereabouts are now unknown. She is yet to pay damages owed to Erwiana and Tutik as ordered by the court.

    Erwiana graduated last year with a bachelor’s degree in economic management at the Sanata Dharma University in Yogyakarta. She is now advocating for better laws to protect domestic workers in Hong Kong and beyond.

    KNIFE, MOP, HANGER, UMBRELLA

    A Malaysian woman was convicted for attacking her Indonesian domestic worker with a kitchen knife, a steel mop, a clothes hanger and an umbrella on June 21, 2016. Suyanti Sutrinso, then 19, suffered multiple injuries to her eyes, hands, legs and internal organs. She also had a broken scapula, injuries to her right lung, a blood clot near her brain and a cheek fracture.

    Rozita Mohamad Ali, who holds the honorific title “Datin”, was initially charged with attempted murder. On March 15, 2018, the 44-year-old was placed on a good behaviour bond of 20,000 ringgit (US$4,938) for five years after pleading guilty to the amended charge of causing grievous hurt by dangerous weapons or means. The case sparked public outrage, and a change.org petition calling for “equal justice for the rich and poor” surpassed its target of 50,000 signatories. Rozita was sentenced to eight years in prison after the High Court reversed a lower court decision, Malaysian media reported.

    SCALDED WITH HOT WATER

    A Singaporean couple were convicted of abusing their Myanmese domestic worker, including forcing her to pour scalding hot water on herself and drink dirty water mixed with floor cleaner between August and October 2016. Phyu Phyu Mar was not paid her salary throughout her employment. She was also denied food, which caused her weight to drop from 50kg to 38kg.

    The domestic worker was forced to pour hot water onto her left shoulder on two occasions and suffered scald marks and blisters on her skin. She was given a needle to puncture the blisters herself and did not receive medical care.

    Linda Seah Lei Sie, 39, was found guilty of six charges – five for assault and one for making Phyu Phyu drink tainted water – and jailed for three years. She was also ordered to pay the victim S$11,800 in compensation. Her husband Lim Toon Leng, 44, was convicted of punching the maid on the forehead and sentenced to six weeks in prison.

    Seah forced Phyu Phyu to knock her head against the floor, grabbed her hair and hit the Myanmar national with a mobile phone multiple times, the court heard.

    BEATEN WITH A HAMMER

    A Singaporean couple were convicted of assaulting their Indonesian domestic worker with household items such as a hammer, bamboo pole and scissors between June and December 2012, causing permanent disfiguration.

    In September 2017, Zariah Mohd Ali, 56, was found guilty of 12 charges of abuse, while her husband, Mohamed Dahlan, 58, was convicted of a single charge of hitting their domestic worker Khanifah with a frying pan cover. Khanifah, who was 32 at the time, was hit on the head with a hammer on about five occasions. Her teeth were knocked out or broken when she was hit on the mouth with a hammer on more than two occasions, The Straits Times reported.

    FORCED TO SLEEP WITH DOG

    An Indonesian domestic worker forced to sleep outdoors with a Rottweiler owned by her Malaysian employers died in Penang last February. Neighbours reported that Adelina Lisao, 21, was abused for more than a month before she was rescued by assistants to Democratic Action Party MP Steven Sim on February 10, 2018. “There were wounds on her hands and her face was covered in bruises,” Por Cheng Han, a staff member for Sim, told Reuters. “She was so terrified and couldn’t speak a word, she just shook her head.”

    Adelina died the following day at Bukit Mertajam Hospital due to multiple organ failure, according to The Star. Her employer, S. Ambika, 60, was charged under Section 302 of the Penal Code for murder. No plea was recorded from her. Ambika’s daughter, R. Jayavartiny, 32, was charged for employing a foreigner without a valid work permit. 


    Asian Film Awards: ‘Shoplifters’ Named Best Film, Lee Chang-dong Wins Best Director

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    Source: Plugtimes/Ming Pao

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    13th Asian Film Awards Winners list

    Best Actor
    YAKUSHO Kōji – The Blood of Wolve

    Best Actress
    Samal YESLYAMOVA – Ayka

    Best Supporting Actor
    ZHANG Yu – Dying to Survive

    Best Supporting Actress
    Kara WAI – Tracey

    Best Newcomer
    Johnny HUANG Jingyu – Operation Red Sea

    Best New Director
    Oliver CHAN Siu Kuen – Still Human

    Best Production Design
    MA Kwong Wing – Shadow

    Best Visual Effects
    Alex LIM Hung Fung – Project Gutenberg

    AFA Rising Star Award
    PARK Seo-joon

    Best Costume Design
    CHEN Minzheng – Shadow

    AFA Next Generation Award
    KIM Jae-joong

    Best Cinematography
    ZHAO Xiangding – Shadow

    Best Editing
    TSUKAMOTO Shinya – Killing

    Excellence In Asian Cinema Award
    YAKUSHO Kōji

    Best Screenplay
    JIA Zhangke – Ash in Purest White

    Best Original Music
    HOSONO Haruomi – Shoplifters

    2018 Highest Grossing Asian Film
    Operation Red Sea

    Best Sound
    Yang Jiang, ZHAO Nan – Shadow

    Lifetime Achievement Award
    LEE Chang-dong


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