Zhang Aiqin, whose nickname is "the Eggman," becomes an international meme after posting himself performing "Yi Jian Mei" - which means plum blossom branch - while twirling in the snow and filming himself. Photo: Courtesy of Zhang Aiqin. Eggman stunned at international popularity of 'Xue Hua Piao Piao'. Photo: Courtesy of Zhang Aiqin An actor with the nickname "Eggman" said he had never thought he would become an international meme on social media platforms in the US and other Western countries after a video of him singing an old Chinese song went viral on the internet, adding that he loved the remixed videos of the song made by his fans and thanked them for their support. Recently, a video known as "Asian Man Singing in the Snow" or "Xue Hua Piao Piao" the lyrics of the song performed in the video , depicting an Asian man with an egg-shaped head performing "Yi Jian Mei" - which means plum blossom branch - while twirling in the snow and filming himself has gained mainstream popularity, according to a report by internet memes research website Know Your Meme. The Asian man in the video is named Zhang Aiqin and is a director, actor and movie producer in Beijing. He was born with a sharp egg-shaped head, which earned him the nickname "Dan Ge the Eggman. The video of the song on YouTube had been viewed over 16 million times as of Wednesday, after it became popular in the English-speaking world. After the video went viral, many TikTokers remixed the song and created a deep-fried meme trend to pair it with Tik Tok, YouTube, Twitter and Instagram. Zhang said he has received many friendly requests from overseas on his WeChat account and noted that he was happy to see that so many people like his work and thanked them for their support.
The music video of the song released in on YouTube has been watched for 1. The song, sung by Chinese singer Fei Yu-ching, was released 37 years ago. It was part of the soundtrack for a hit TV drama. It has become a classic pop song among the middle-aged people. The popularity of the song began with a hit TikTok video in January, in which a Chinese man named Zhang Aiqin performed the song twirling in the snow. His unique appearance with an egg-like head caught the eye of TikTok users. It went viral with edits on Instagram in March and gained popularity in the West. By June 16, the number of TikTok videos related to the song had exceeded 20, Those who could only say Xiexie thank you or Nihao hello in Chinese have shown great enthusiasm for learning the Chinese sentence. Generally, it is being used to illustrate a situation that becomes worse than ever and cannot be turned around.
Though Fei bid farewell to his audience when he retired in November, marking the end of his 47 year-long career, he would never have imagined the song to become a global internet sensation in just a few months. But how? The emergence of the meme was, like most TikTok sensations, random and weird.
Fei Yu-ching was born Chang Yen-ching in Taipei on 17 July , to Mainlander parents, being the youngest of three children. Chang's career began in , and he began to build a large fan base along with his brother. He performed several theme songs for television shows, some of which were more successful than the shows themselves. This song was chosen by China Television to end each day's broadcast in