Earlier this week, as Typhoon Megi’s 100 mile per hour winds tore across Taiwan, one woman stood tall in the face of danger, gripping only a broken umbrella and a savory pork bun as the buckets of rain poured down around her.
According to BuzzFeed, the woman has been identified as a 53-year-old fruit stand owner from Taipei, but for days, the Internet was fascinated by the mysterious woman featured as the lead image of a Wall Street Journal article, seemingly more concerned with finishing her lunch than a storm that would ultimately injure some 260 people.
Taken by Chiang Ying-ying, a photographer with the Associated Press, the image is given a simple caption: “A woman eats and struggles with her umbrella against powerful gusts of wind generated by typhoon Megi across the the island in Taipei, Taiwan, Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016.”
The image first began circulating around Taiwanese social media this week, with users hailing the woman as a living legend and the “Light of Taiwan” for her inspiring display of heroism. “The umbrella you can have. But the pork bun? NO!” one person wrote. “She’s a true Taiwanese person through and through,” added another.
Before long the photo had made its way to Twitter and Facebook feeds in the US.
Still, despite the outpourings of praise on Twitter, one of the most persistent questions has been where exactly this hero bought her pork bun in the middle of a tropical cyclone. Apparently, her husband bought bun for her at a local convenience store called FamilyMart. If that's not true love, we don't what is.