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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.


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  • Green Aesop: Parodied in a strip that has Rudy with a horse racing pamphlet versus a man in a suit littering newspaper pages.
  • Insult to Rocks: In one series of strips, the story centers on the signs next to the elevator that says "No Dogs" and "No Filipinos," with all the maids, who happen to be Filipinas, being forced to, its heavily implied, go up dozens of floors up to their employers apartment. The arc ends with a number of Filipinos protesting the buildings racist policy, and the manager folds by taking down one of the signs. The protesters then begin to beat him and the concierge with their picket signs after they took down the wrong sign.
    Manager: Why are they so mad? We're not compring them to dogs anymore!
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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; 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 flagella to yourself, microbe breath!
  • 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.

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