In the world of Chinese fiction, the most famous pig character is Zhu Bajie from the Ming Dynasty novel, Journey To The West, who embodies traits such as gluttony, lasciviousness and, well, pig-headedness.
And in the waning days of China's last imperial dynasty, the Qing, Chinese labourers shipped off to places like South-east Asia were also called zhu zai (piglets), as the cramped ships resembled pig pens.
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