Thursday, September 02, 2010

Dancing Bureaucrats Promote Floral Expo

I wasn't planning on blogging today but this story is just too hilarious to pass up. To promote the Flower Expo, which commences in November, for the next three months, certain Taipei City government employees must do a 30 second dance each morning.
After the Taipei City Government “encouraged” staffers to promote the Taipei International Flora Expo, civil servants at 12 district offices and household registration offices yesterday started the day by joining the “flora expo dance,” confusing residents who visited their offices.

Civil servants have been practicing the 30-second dance, aimed at promoting the expo, in their offices during lunch hours or after work since last month, with the city’s Department of Civil Affairs asking all district offices to start dancing this month when offices opened and to invite the residents to join in the “fun.”
I think I must go now to medicate with alcohol....
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14 comments:

Anonymous said...

What is it with group dancing in Taiwan anyway? If you ever visited a campus, you are most likely to see undergraduates burning their free time practicing "sexy" and "daring" dance moves...

I hope it at least pays off for them with the ladies.

Anonymous said...

The Hau administration busy winning the civil service vote.

Michael Turton said...

1. it's a group

2. everyone moves identically -- therefore it appeals to the sense of order and all are equal

3. no equipment required. No expensive bike, no scuba breathing apparatus....

4. don't have to do anywhere, just need an empty space preferably out of the sun.

5. it's like socialization but you don't have to talk

6. etc

Kaminoge said...

Some of the facial expressions are priceless.

Sage said...

Scenes like this and the law maker fights on You Tube make you just scratch your head and ask, WTF?

I mean, really ... WTF?

Islander said...

oh, this dance is horrible. it's goofy and useless. what a joke!

Stefan said...

I think it's kinda cool actually. A bit like a Flashmob.

And that old guy not moving a single muscle in his face, no matter what crazy things are happening around him ... I wouldn't want to play poker against him ...

STOP Ma said...

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Good lord! Every morning!! This would turn me into a flower hater. What is this? Kindergarten?!
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mx said...

Sorry, sorry. This is goofy goofy.

I wonder if the choreographer won $1 million bucks coming up with the dance steps.

Okami said...

I think people were most shocked by the fact that they were doing something. Having tried to negotiate what papers I needed to fill out and provide for doing a business with a Taiwanese person, I can understand their amazement that the bureaucrats were actually doing something.

Anonymous said...

"6. etc"

awesome.

Anonymous said...

Wow, that is one bizarre flower dance. Way to shake that booty Hau.... John Travolta you are not.

SY said...

Hahaha, this is hilarious.

I was told that some male civil servants in Taipei City complained about their discomfort and humiliation in being forced to bare their "sissy" selves publically.

taiwanstories said...

This is ridiculous. It makes me think Taiwanese people are never allowed to grow up. Even at work they are treat the same way as in an elementary school.

I was watching a group of trainee lifeguards at my pool the other day being made to line up like soldiers and getting shouted at by the instructor. Just like in PE class at my school...