(New York Times) There was something familiar about the giant yellow inflatable toad, some Chinese noted online, shortly after it appeared in a Beijing park. Part of the recognition stemmed from its similarity to the big rubber duck created by the Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman, which attracted huge crowds in Hong Kong and Beijing last year and triggered knockoffs in several other Chinese cities.
Part came from the similarity of the 72-foot-tall inflatable amphibian, by the Chinese artist Guo Yongyao, to the "wealth-beckoning toad" statues that sit in the homes and businesses of many feng shui devotees.
And part of the feeling of familiarity came after someone photoshopped a pair of large, square eyeglasses on the toad and pointed out just how much it looked like Jiang Zemin, the former Chinese president and head of the ruling Communist Party.
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