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"I had served the company for over twenty years, but my boss just told me to go. I'm at a loss now! A middle-aged man without a job. I'm useless! I'm a good-for-nothing!"
Shan Cai's father after losing his job[src]

Dong (Chinese: 董; pinyin: Dǒng) was the father of Shan Cai and the husband of his wife, Ah Yue. The pair had been married for over twenty years. Dong was a junior officer at a company since around the time he married. He was later fired and moved away from Taipei to become a fisherman.


Early life[]

Dong grew up poor and often had to sell his own blood for money. At one point, he was hospitalized for anemia after selling too much blood.[2] Dong, at one point, dreamed of becoming a compère.[1]

Adult life[]

Dong married his wife, Ah Yue, around the same time he began working as a junior officer at a company around 1981. The two had one daughter together named Shan Cai.[1]

Shan Cai at Ying De[]


Dong and his wife try to impress Si

"Shan Cai, it's my fault. I've let you down. Your mother is right. Let's divorce. Don't let me, a useless man, be a liability to you!"
—Dong feels remorse for borrowing money from a loan shark[src]

Twenty years later, Dong had not received a promotion in all that time. Per Yue's wishes, Shan Cai enrolled at Ying De Academy, which cost the family a considerable amount in tuition. One day, she suggested leaving the school which distressed Yue. She then argued with Dong for several minutes until Shan Cai agreed to continue at Ying De. A few days later, Dong watched his daughter eat four bowls of rice. He asked if something was wrong, to which she said "I have to eat more to replenish my energy." She then departed and Dong complained to his wife about her eating all of the rice.[1] Some days later, Shan Cai was not eating so Dong took her fish against the advice of his wife. Shan Cai later developed a fever and had to stay home. Dong began eating the porridge his wife had given her. Yue yelled at him.[2]

The same day, the family was visited by Shan Cai's classmate, Dao Ming Si. When Shan Cai said that Si had been bullying her, Dong began shouting at him and calling him names. However, after learning his father's name, he and his wife quickly became flattering towards Si and invited him to stay for dinner.[3] Several days later, Shan Cai stayed out all night and came home in the morning, which worried her parents. She assured her mother that nothing had happened. Dong and his wife rejoiced, hoping that this would be the "foundation" for a "stable relationship" between the two in the future.[4] Some days later, Si called the house to inform Shan Cai's parents about taking her on a trip to Okinawa. Dong answered the phone and was overjoyed, even joking that it would be best if she did not come home.[5]

Several days later, he was laid off from his job which he took badly. They were unable to afford the rent on their home subsequently moved into a small one-room apartment. Dong promised to find a new job quickly. However, he received no replies after sending out several applications. Dong then encouraged his wife to start working as a babysitter to help pay their bills.[6] A couple days later, he and his wife invited Si to spend the night. They slept on the balcony and listened to them fighting in the morning. That day, they were visited by the loan sharks, whom Dong had borrowed one million dollars from. He lost all of it playing the lottery. His wife declared that she wanted a divorce. Dong apologized and agreed, leading to his wife forgiving him. Shan Cai later borrowed the money from Si, settling their debts.[7]

Fishing village[]

After some time, Dong was still unable to find a job in Taipei. His wife had a friend from a fishing village whom invited them to come work and live there. They thought it over for a week before deciding to go. They finally let Shan Cai know that they were going without out. She was dubious about her father's ability to become a fisherman, though he tried to appear confident. Dong promised his daughter that they would come back as soon as they were able.[8] Unfortunately, Dong was unable to fish since he immediately became sick whenever he went out to sea.[9]

Him and his wife rented a small room in the village. They worked as much as they could, but still accumulated a large amount of debt with their other villagers. The two of them would also brag about having a "rich son-in-law", meaning Si.[10] When Shan Cai visited them, the villagers confronted them about their debts. At that point, Shan Cai informed that she and Si had broken up. They realized they would have to face the music, but were rescued by Hua Ze Lei, who paid off their debts. Shan Cai returned to Taipei with Lei and her parents said goodbye.[11]

Physical appearance[]

Dong was a slightly overweight, middle-aged father. He had jet black hair, a similar color to his daughter's. His hair was cut close to the scalp on the sides and just a little longer on top.

Personality and traits[]

Dong was shown to be very loud and often told jokes that no one understood or laughed at. He was not very ambitious, which disappointed his wife, who wished for him to be promoted. Despite this and almost constant bickering, they had a good relationship and were very affectionate toward each other. His dream was to be rich through his daughter marrying into a wealthy family.


His surname, Dong (董),[12] is a common surname originating from China.[13] The character means "to direct" or "supervise."[14] Additionally, the surname comes from the actor who plays him.

Behind the scenes[]

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See also: Category:Haruo Makino portrayals

Character notes

  • Dong is credited as "Shan Cai's Father" (杉菜爸).



See also[]

Meteor Garden (2001-02) characters
Main characters

Dao Ming Si | Dong Shan Cai | Hua Ze Lei | Mei Zuo | Xi Men | Ye Sha

Supporting characters

Ah De | Ah Lun | Ah Mei | Ah Song | Ah Yuan | Aisa | Bai He | Chen Qing He | Da Xin | Dao Ming Feng
Dao Ming Zhuang | He Yuan Zi | Li Zhen | Mi Mi | Sha Ge | Shan Cai's father | Shan Cai's mother | Teng Tang Jing
Qian Hui | Xi Men's father | Xi Men's mother | Xiao Geng | Xiao Shun | Xiao You | Xin Xin | Ya Men | Yi Lin
Yin Xiao Qiao | Ms. Yu | Zhang Xiao Hong

Minor characters

Ah Shu | Ah Xiang | Ah Yan | Aisa's mother | Dao Ming Cheng | Feng's sister | Fortuneteller | Gao | Jing's parents
Landlady | Lei's date | Lei's father | Liu | Liu Shu Hao | Mai | Mei Jia | Mei Zuo's date | Mei Zuo's mother | Principal
Professor | Qing Yong | Si's grandfather | Shan Cai's boss | Thomas | Wang Xiao Long | Xi Men's date | Xiao Nan
Xiao Shun's friend | Xiao Touh | Xiao You's father | Xiao You's mother | Xu Shao Yang | Yu Tian | Yuan Zi's father
Yuan Zi's mother | Zhong Ze | Zhuang's ex-boyfriend | Zhuang's husband