Monday, April 27, 2009

Feng Shoe

An exhibition of wooden Dutch clogs has been rejected for display in a Hong Kong skyscraper over fears it would be bad feng shui. For those who are blissfully unaware, feng shui is an ancient Chinese superstition that involves arranging your life (and architecture, and furniture, and decorations) in such a way that they generate good luck. In other words, it's bullshit. But the management of the Cheung Kong Center believe in it so much that they've canceled the exhibition, which was meant to raise awareness of Dutch culture in Hong Kong and raise money for Chinese children. Apparently, the Cantonese word for "shoe", "hai", sounds similar to an exasperated sigh. No, this doesn't make any sense to me either. But that's a good sign, as it means we have critical thinking skills. Fortunately, another building has agreed to host the exhibition, so the citizens of Hong Kong will be able to soak in the culture of ludicrously uncomfortable footwear. More details here.

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