Comic Strip: The World Of Lily Wong
The World of Lily Wong
was a comic strip by Larry Feign, an American resident in Hong Kong. It ran in several Hong Kong newspapers from 1986 to 2001.
The title character is a Hong Kong
woman married to an American expatriate. The comic focuses on Lily's daily family and professional life, among her live-at-home parents, her ne'er-do-well brother, her henpecked husband and her ethnically mixed baby daughter. The name of the comic is a parodic Shout-Out
to the classic movie The World of Suzie Wong
Contains examples of:
- Affectionate Parody: A series of strips had The Lost Shopping Mall of Atlantis and 2001: A Space aieeyaadyssey
- Alien Lunch: This is how Stuart's parents saw the food their banquet in their honor.
- Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: When Stuarts's American parents come visiting, their behavior is so embarrassing that he puts on a disguise and pretends not to know them.
- Briefcase Full of Money: Lily is given one by a businessman after he hears she's related to a Communist Party official. "And so we're trying to get planning permission for this new industrial/office complex in Guilin..."
- Captain Ersatz: Meet the Fongstones. As quoted,
- Comic-Book Time: Subverted, Crystal aged real time between the Time Skip, but the rest of the cast looks the same.
- Cross Over: One story arc featured The Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers coming over to Hong Kong after hearing how the city was founded on dope smuggling.
- Culture Clash: A usual punchline in the strips.
- Eagleland: Mixed.
- Elvis Lives: ... and dictator of China!
Deng: Think of the jam session we'd have!
- Education Mama: While in her doctor's waiting room, Lily meets an expecting mother who, even though her child is not even born yet, has already decreed he will be a banker.
- Executive Meddling: The strip was cancelled after Feign trod on the sensibilities of the PRC's leadership too much. The owners of the newspapers it ran in had extensive interests in the mainland, and apparently had been pressured.
- Then the strip Channel Hop to The Independent, Hong Kong Standard (called Hong Kong iMail at the time) and finally to their official website.
- Friending Network: Lily joined one in an arc and got addicted.
- Green Aesop: Parodied in a strip that had Rudy with a horse racing pamphlet versus a man in a suit littering newspaper pages.
- Henpecked Husband: Stuart.
- Heroic BSOD: Stuart has this in a story arc.
- Instant Birth, Just Add Water: Averted. Lily's labor takes place over an entire story arc.
- Interchangeable Asian Cultures: Discussed and pointed out:
Tokyo Ground Control: This is ground control... For the 28th time, Hong Kong is not in Japan
Co-Pilot: Listen, you lyin' S.O.B.! Let me remind you who won the war!
- The Internet Is for Porn: This is obviously put up in a series of strips involving the internet.
- I Want Grandkids: An arc had Lily's dad begging for grandkids after playing mahjong with his friends. This is more in the lines of him Follow the Leader.
- The Mafia: Rudy Joins the Mafia
- Meddling Parents: Lily's own parents don't hesitate to meddle in her personal life, which is all the easier since they live in the same flat.
- This is Truth in Television insofar as it isn't rare for Chinese parents to share living accommodations with their adult children and take an active interest in their lives. And that brings us to...
- Mighty Whitey and Mellow Yellow: The main characters. Parodies some stereotypes. While Lily Wong is indeed married to a Westerner, she very much calls the shots in the relationship. Also referenced when Lily's husband shows up at the maternity:
Stuart: My wife... (pant) baby... (pant) bring me to her...
Nurse: Not allow. You wait in here.
Stuart: But I'm the father!
Nurse: Sorry. Only hospital staff allow.
Stuart: But but but—at least find out for me if it's born yet! and the sex! ask the sex!
Nurse (to her colleagues): Some gweilo out there interested in sex.
Other nurse: Aren't they all...
- Multigenerational Household: Three generations in the same flat.
- Money, Dear Boy, Only in It for the Money: In-universe, most of the Hong Kongers are depicted as such.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: Averted. Such figures as Deng Xiaoping and Bill Clinton appear as themselves.
- Obnoxious In-Laws
- Pop-Culture Isolation: In universe, during an arc in which both Lily and Stuart can't bear each other's music tastes, but it makes their love stronger.
- Product Placement: Lily and Rudy appeared in a couple of strips for Cathay Pacific
- Reincarnation Romance: Parodied in a story arc that depicted Stuart's previous incarnation as a British sailor at the time of the foundation of Hong Kong, and Lily as a haughty local lady.
- Exaggerated Trope: The Psychic tells both Stuart and Lily that they were lovers since the beginning of time.
Cell!Stuart: Hoo-ee!, Looka that cute Hong Kong flu virus!
Cell!Lily: Keep your falgella to your self microbe breath!
- Sexy Secretary: Lily
- Sexy Stewardess: Conversed by Stuart as he and Lily were picking airlines.
- The Slacker: Rudy, Lily's lazy bum of a younger brother.
- Suddenly Bilingual: Both Lily and Stuart discovered this as Crystal cried differently to each other.
- Straw Feminist: G.I.R.L. , the Gwaipo Infidelity Reduction League.
- Surprisingly Good Foreign Language: After Lily tells Erma to stop speaking Tagalog as it would confuse Crystal this. Erma tells Crystal this:
- Take Me to Your Leader: Subverted
XYXYZ:Take us to Lu
Lily:Lu Ping? but he's in Beijing! If you mean take you to our leader, that would be Patten. Unless you mean paramount leader Deng Xiaoping...
XYXYZ:Tsk! Ask these Earthlings for a toilet, and they make a major case out of it!
- Time Skip: Between it's last printed newspaper strip and revival, 5 years past as shown in the first strip of the revival.
- Trapped by Gambling Debts: Happened plenty of times to Rudy.
- The Triads and the Tongs: Of course.
- Tsundere: At first, Lily's very cold and rude to Stuart, scorning his obvious devotion. Even after they're married, she's not above delivering the occasional zinger.
- Vacation Episode: The cast goes to Singapore and visits Stuart's parents in Los Angeles.