Long before Gong Li raised the red lantern in 1991, the Chinese folks already have a custom for Chinese New Year, which caused everyone to see red.
Don’t get me wrong — am talking about the tradition of making intricate cuttings using red paper, and then pasting these patterns onto all kinds of fruits, cookies & goodies, sugar-cane, nian gao (kueh bakul) in preparation for the Lunar New Year.
As kids, we loved to participate in this red-hot activity, using our imaginations to challenge one another to see who could produce the most intricate patterns. (Sometimes our fingers blistered through excessive friction with the handles of the scissors).
Of course now, with computer-aided technology, such paper-cuttings have become very cheap and far more complex than human fingers can produce.