If you can’t find the book…

(picked up from Facebook where Shane had shared it)

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  1. kittycatkin

     /  12th October 2015

    Something tells me that this is not a real name.

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    • Missy

       /  12th October 2015

      It is the name of a bookstore in Hong Kong Kitty, or at least it was still in Hong Kong a few years back, not sure if it still is, but I would guess it is.

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      • kittycatkin

         /  12th October 2015

        I’d guess that it was a made up name, though-if it was real. it’d be Fu, not Fook.

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        • kittycatkin

           /  12th October 2015

          It may be my mistake, but it didn’t sound Chinese (and I bet that it’s not anyone’s real name)

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          • Missy

             /  12th October 2015

            Kitty, I have seen signs around Beijing where the name has been spelt as Fook, part of it is to do with limited English skills and sometimes the translation from Chinese Characters into Pinyin has it coming across as slightly odd to those of us who are native English speakers. I will give the benefit of the doubt on this, I could be wrong, but I am also not willing to make any assumptions about the validity – or not – of the name.

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            • Born Again

               /  12th October 2015

              This book shop is still located a few hundred yards from the Hung Hom station in Hong Kong, located at 180A Ma Tau Road.

              I called in there once when seeking rare books on early Chinese pornography, only to be told “you’re in the Wong Fook Hing Bookstore mate”

  2. kittycatkin

     /  12th October 2015

    Fook ? If it was Chinese, and it doesn’t sound it, it would surely rhyme with kook or luke, not cook or book. This one has been around forever.

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  3. Zedd

     /  12th October 2015

    If the TPPA goes through (as I hear it).. Aotearoa/NZ could see whole streets; full of ‘Wong Fook Hing’ shops ! LOL πŸ™‚

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    • 4077th

       /  12th October 2015

      @Zedd
      Many people make this country great, some of them Chinese, some of them Africans and many others from far corners of the globe. Get off your high horse and leave the bigotry to Phil Twyford and misinformation to Little Andrew.

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      • Zedd

         /  12th October 2015

        obviously I came to the ‘wong fook hing’ site today.. 😦
        OR do some people here, have absolutely NO ‘Fu-King’ sense of humor, either !? 😦

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      • DaveG

         /  12th October 2015

        Comment of the Year 4077th. I also then ask (Zedd), what percentage of those immigrants are: in our prisions, have assaulted a NZ’er, are net beneficiaries, are a drain on the countries health resources??? Yes, 97.5% of the immigrants from those countries settle and become very productive and law abiding members of society………. Now lets compare that to the so called original settlers, or boat people. Give me a chinese or other asian neighbour anyday, productive, quiet, non violent……….!!

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    • kittycatkin

       /  12th October 2015

      Why ? I didn’t see that requirement anywhere in the TPPA. Have I missed something ? It seems an odd thing to want-whole streets where all the shops have the same name, regardless of who owns them or what they sell.

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      • kittycatkin

         /  12th October 2015

        Zedd seems not to be aware that NZ is a nation of immigrants. Does he think that his own ancestors sprang fully-formed from the ground ?

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  4. Brown

     /  12th October 2015

    You only have to browse through the t shirts on sale in HK shops (as opposed to Mong Kok market where its more tourist orientated, to see that the grasp of English and the casual use of it is marginal. I bring my kids back said t shirts because they are hilarious. I remember standing behind a very young lady while watching the pandas do nothing much and seeing her t shirt said “Do what you want do”.

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    • Missy

       /  12th October 2015

      Yep, we often have a bit of a giggle at work over some of the slogans seen on t-shirts around Beijing, it is obvious that the grasp of English – especially slang – is very limited at best, non-existent at worse.

      There was a story in the local news a few months back about a father who was buying a t-shirt from the market for his son that had an inappropriate slogan on, a young man who knew and understood English and the meaning explained to the father it wasn’t appropriate, the father (and market stall holder) were apparently very embarrassed when they realised what the slogan meant.

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  5. Mike C

     /  12th October 2015

    I was going to say that “JockStrap” would love to comment on this post, but then I realized that they already have … using a different username πŸ™‚

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    • Jock Strap

       /  12th October 2015

      Buggered if I can see why you keep getting so hung up on this MC

      Obviously you’re pissed-off you didn’t think of it or is it just another lonely night in the Coromandel …………

      I mean who, except you, gives a flying fat rats arse anyway? LOL

      πŸ™‚

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  6. Zedd

     /  12th October 2015

    Its true.. the Emperor really IS naked, open your eyes ! LOL πŸ™‚

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