This post has been pending for quite some time, but I’ve finally gotten around to finishing it. When I was in Pakistan last month, I had a wedding to attend. During the week of the wedding, there were a lot of family gatherings at my grandma’s place. One of my little cousins, who is in 5th grade, had exams during that week and needed to take out time at the family gatherings to study for them.
In one of the family gatherings, my cousin had to study for a grammar test. She brought her grammar book with her and I decided to help her revise for it. As I was going through the book that she had to revise from, I stumbled upon a chapter dedicated to dragons. The chapter was called, Wu and the Yellow Dragon.
When I saw this page, I thought “Why!? Leave me alone, Dui Zhang!” What’s amusing is that the title of the chapter is called Wu and the Yellow Dragon. Let me repeat, “Wu,” AND, “dragon.” Great! But notice how there is a crocodile right in the bottom-center of the page! Do you know what that reminded me of? It reminded me of this…
As for the green dinosaur in the first page of the chapter of Wu and the Yellow Dragon, I remembered Dui Zhang‘s green dinosaur plushie, which was given to him on the 12th of December, 2012 when flying from Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport to Kuala Lumpur International Airport (I took the above picture on the 13th of December, 2012).
As the “Starter” on the page says, “Can you think of stories, books or films that feature any of these animals?” Oh yes, I can definitely think of a story! “My bias, Dragon Prince Wu, from the South Korean-Chinese boy group called EXO, which debuted in April 2012, is known as a dragon that has the ability to fly. One time I saw this dragon appear on the show, China Love Big Song, and he showcased his artistic skills for the first time by drawing a crocodile. It is one his most prized drawings. Dragon Prince Wu also received a green dinosaur plushie from a fan at the airport on December 2012. The dinosaur plushie is another sibling for Ace, the alpaca plushie, who he regards as his son and as the 7th member of the sub-group, EXO-M. Dragon Prince Wu also likes to read books and dreams of being in a Hollywood film one day. End of story.”
After turning the first page of the chapter, I sat with my cousin and read out the story of Wu and the Yellow Dragon. My other cousins that were also present in the room listened to me read as well.
“This is the story of Wu, a boy who became a great courtier in China because of his wisdom. This wisdom was given to him by the Yellow Storm Dragon.” The story then continues with, “At thirteen, Wu was a silent, dreamy boy….It was his habit to sit, think, and observe things.” Yes, this sounds like Dui Zhang for sure!
Hahahahaha! xD This is one of my favorite gifs. of Dui Zhang ’cause it shows how attentive he is when the instructor is discussing something with him and his fellow trainees. Dui Zhang the obedient trainee. *blink, crosses arms, blink, blink* (P.S. I’ve probably said this several times, but he should dye his hair black again).
The only thing that I could take out from here is that it mentions a horse, which later turns out to be the horse-dragon. Dui Zhang‘s Chinese zodiac is the horse, but his EXO symbol is the dragon. Maybe we should call him a horse-dragon? =P
Wu said, “I have just seen the dragon. As I looked skywards, he spread out his great wings about our home. He’s protecting us now.” This sentence reminds me of the following scene.
Here’s my version of the story. It takes place a few years after Wu and the Yellow Dragon: After the emperor no longer had the strength to carry on his duties, he assigned Dragon Prince Wu to take over his role as emperor. Thus, Dragon Prince Wu became Emperor Wu, and now wears yellow attire to reflect the wisdom and power gifted to him by the Yellow Storm Dragon. =P
The next page included an assignment in which the reader had to listen to a CD that contained a description of Chinese dragons. I’m sure that we all know the answers to the following questions.
Dui Zhang should complete the letter under the “Let’s Write” section =P
If that wasn’t enough, after reading Wu and the Yellow Dragon, I didn’t expect that I would end up finding a poem on Puff, the Magic Dragon once I turned to the next page. I was surprised and laughed as I remembered my post on EXO’s Kris The Magic Dragon in which I mentioned the song for Puff, the Magic Dragon xD
Funny coincidence, right? =P I definitely enjoyed helping my cousin revise for her test ^^’