The week of the yellow duck hairclip... Olympic youthful cuteness
𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝘆𝗲𝗹𝗹𝗼𝘄 𝗱𝘂𝗰𝗸 𝗵𝗮𝗶𝗿𝗰𝗹𝗶𝗽…. 𝗢𝗹𝘆𝗺𝗽𝗶𝗰 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝘁𝗵𝗳𝘂𝗹 𝗰𝘂𝘁𝗲𝗻𝗲𝘀𝘀
hitting Chinese social media and web shops this week
21 year young Yang Qian turned into a national celebrity almost overnight when she won 2 gold medals at the Tokyo Olympics in shooting events last week. Equally popular became her ‘lucky’ yellow duck hairpin which she was wearing for luck at the competitions.
Several shops at the Yiwu International Trade City, 𝘄𝗼𝗿𝗹𝗱’𝘀 𝗹𝗮𝗿𝗴𝗲𝘀𝘁 ‘𝘀𝗺𝗮𝗹𝗹’ 𝗰𝗼𝗺𝗺𝗼𝗱𝗶𝘁𝘆 𝗺𝗮𝗿𝗸𝗲𝘁 in Yiwu, Zheijiang province and 𝗴𝗹𝗼𝗯𝗮𝗹 𝘄𝗵𝗼𝗹𝗲𝘀𝗮𝗹𝗲 𝗰𝗲𝗻𝘁𝗲𝗿 for Chinese and worldwide e-commerce platforms, mentioned sudden soaring sales for the yellow duck clip from usually about 100 per day to 10,000’s per day since Yang Qian’s victories last week. Local workshops are producing until well into the night. An online shop owner on Taobao.com sold more than 10,000 yellow duck hairclips in just five minutes on last week Wednesday morning.
Chinese people praise Yang Qian, undergraduate student at Beijing's Tsinghua University, online for her perseverance, control and concentration at such a young age while remaining herself in cute-like youthful expressions.
𝘈𝘯 𝘦𝘹𝘢𝘮𝘱𝘭𝘦 𝘰𝘧 𝘊𝘩𝘪𝘯𝘢’𝘴 𝘔𝘦𝘯𝘨 (萌) 𝘤𝘶𝘭𝘵𝘶𝘳𝘦 ?
Read more about the Meng (cute) culture in China here in one of my recent linkedin posts.
Congratulations to Yang Qian for this formidable performance and 2 gold medals.
Many Chinese people are emotional with the performances of their athletes, especially during the Olympics, in positive but also negative sense. After Wang Luyao, top medal contender in the air rifle event missed disappointedly a top spot last week, she received lots of online abuse. However, as fierce as the criticism was, many more people came to her defence. The hashtag “Wang Luyao is still an amazing Zhejiang girl” harnessed 480 million views on Weibo and 100,000 comments. Also state news outlet People’s Daily said “To win or to lose is normal. To train hard and love life is the best portrayal of athletes in the new era. Wang Luyao will achieve better results in the future,”