Out for a walk last week, we passed a pair of ducks waddling along about half a mile from the nearest open water. They were shiny iridescent green. Quite a contrast from the thousands of white ducks being farmed around the southern Taiwan campus of Aletheia University, where I taught as an adjunct between 2010 and 2016. The campus was out in the country, and every duck was snowy white. They were all destined to be eaten.
Though bunnies are called “little white rabbits” in the Taiwanese imagination, white is not the first color attributed to ducks. Not only the imagination. It’s not only the imagination, though. A dutch artist made a hit, first in Hong Kong (which is NOT part of Taiwan) and then in Kaohsiung (which IS) a few years ago.
David Alexander now resides far from big and tasty white ducks after 39 years in Taiwan.