Hong Kong has found its modern-day Odysseus – a man determined to journey on, even after the mightiest storm…

As Super Typhoon Mangkhut moved inland, the government announced a school holiday for students – but office workers had no such luck. On Monday morning, with many roads still strewn with debris, thousands of Hongkongers had to battle the elements to get to work.

This photo, in particular, taken at Kennedy Road, spawned a variety of memes.

Some netizens praised it for its post-apocalyptic feel and turned it into a movie poster…

Others encapsulated the frustration that workers felt over having to work the day after a typhoon.

Community groups had called on the government to suspend work, but Chief Executive Carrie Lam instead urged employers to be “considerate and flexible.”

A parody of the popular Japanese anime series “Attack on Titans” in which men were trapped behind a huge wall.
A parody of the Japanese film “Howl’s Moving Castle.”
“Where is the MTR station?”

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Kris Cheng

Kris Cheng is a Hong Kong journalist with an interest in local politics. His work has been featured in Washington Post, Public Radio International, Hong Kong Economic Times and others. He has a BSSc in Sociology from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Kris is HKFP's Editorial Director.