The New Hong Kong Flu: Twin Peaks Fever

Some global village. All of Hong Kong may have watched the Persian Gulf War unfold live on CNN, and its arbitrageurs can execute a trans-Pacific foreign-exchange swap in a nanosecond. Yet hardly a soul knows who killed Laura Palmer. Thanks to Asia Broadcasting Ltd., which began airing Twin Peaks on Apr. 4, the Orient will find out soon.

Director David Lynch's quirky soap opera has transfixed Hong Kong. Both the Chinese and English-language press are given to endless speculation over the murderous culprit. And since one of the show's running gags concerns Special FBI Agent Dale Cooper's fondness for home-baked goods, one Hong Kong paper has thoughtfully provided recipes for cherry pie and jelly doughnuts.

Asia Broadcasting is hyping the show with mobile billboards. On one side is Peaks star Joan Chen. On the other is Bart Simpson. Yup, he's in town, too. Tune in Friday nights, dude.


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