Santa hardly gets a chance to slumber.
The demands of his job, especially in the Yuletide season, are overwhelming.
And yet here we have a rare moment to observe this well-known and well-loved
figure in a state of hard-earned repose. As we stare at his peaceful, angelic
mien, Liu Dao invites us to ponder about what we really know about this
ubiquitous figure. Suddenly he seems familiar and yet distant, like a relative
you see every week but never spoke to. Is this the state of our connection with
our supposedly deep-rooted cultures and traditions? Viewers are then invited to
call Santa, who for once does not pick up the call, responding blindly to our
requests, but instead pleases himself by rubbing the vibrating phone all over
his body. Could this really be Santa? Well, why not? What do we really know
about this omnipresent red-robed figure? Indeed, in this day and age what you
see is quite often not what you get. For better or worse, we have altered the
landscape of our history and heritage. [Loo Ching Ling 吕晶琳]