Hong Jinshi, a Chinese furniture maker first created a couple of pint-sized statues of former US President Donald Trump meditating in a Buddhist pose as a fun project for himself last year. Six months on, Hong’s amusing hobby has turned into a small side-hustle, with a workshop in the town of Dehua in Fujian province on track to produce an inaugural batch of 250 statues of Trump dressed in Buddhist robes with his legs crossed.
Hong was impressed by the potential distinction offered by the 2 extremisms of Buddhism and a former chief recognized for his sharp outbursts. Hong has received orders from China and abroad for 200 of the statues, which take 10 days to make and feature a design he refined over several months with the help of a sculptor friend. A 16-cm (6.3-inch) version costs 999 yuan ($152.22) while a 46 cm statue costs 20000 yuan. Sales would be higher, Hong said, if not for the scores of “fake, copycat and lower quality” imitations that have popped up on popular Chinese online marketplace Taobao at lower prices. Hong has no idea if Trump has seen the statues, but said he was prepared to offer one to the former leader to help him “to cheer up a bit.”
Hong said the project has brought him a lot of happiness, and recommended Trump attempt a similar search for fulfilment. “Meditation is a look within, where you let go, and stop fighting for fame and fortune and in Trump’s current state, he is really well-suited to do some meditation in this way.”