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Michelle Chong's Xue Hua Piao Piao reminds you COVID-19 is 'floating around'

In her version of the viral meme, Chong's persona, Ah Lian, sings into a bunch of flowers while she reminds everyone to wear a mask and wash their hands.

Michelle Chong's Xue Hua Piao Piao reminds you COVID-19 is 'floating around'

(Photo: Instagram/immichellechong)

Need a reminder that we still should be keeping a safe distance during Phase 2? Actress Michelle Chong has released her version of the popular Xue Hua Piao Piao meme that’s been going around recently.

In her version, Chong – using her popular Ah Lian persona – sticks with the usual snow-filled background that is synonymous with the original meme, but she also included images of the coronavirus floating around as she sings into a bunch of flowers.

The lyrics, translated into English, remind people about the “Virus floating around / Don’t play the fool” and also to wear a mask and wash your hands “if not, COVID won’t be gone.”

The song comes at the end of the latest episode of Chong’s Premium Lian SES Talkshow where Ah Lian also shares an innovative way to make sure people stay a safe distance away from you, that is, to walk around with an open umbrella.

Chong’s character explained that this was effective for two reasons: “When you carry the umbrella outside, people will not be able to come close to you. And when you carry it indoors, people think you are crazy and will not come close to you either.”

Xue Hua Piao Piao (literally translated to snowflakes float) is a line from a 1980s song by Taiwanese singer Fei Yu Qing called Yi Jian Mei.

The meme began in January 2020 when a Chinese man uploaded a video of himself singing Fei's song in the snow. Since then,  netizens and Tik Tok users have picked it up and spoofed it in everything from a scene in Avengers: Infinity War to hip hop remixes.

The meaning of the phrase has also evolved to denote sadness or a sense of giving up.

Source: CNA/sr