Phrase of the Week: Free From Turmoil

“Immovable, non-complacent, free from turmoil.”

“Immovable, non-complacent, free from turmoil.”

The  comes from China Digital Space’s Grass-Mud Horse Lexicon, a glossary of terms created by Chinese netizens and frequently encountered in online political discussions. These are the words of China’s online “resistance discourse,” used to mock and subvert the official language around censorship and political correctness.

不折腾 (bù zhēteng): free from turmoil

This phrase originates from a northeastern dialect of Mandarin, and was made popular by Hu Jintao in a January 2009 speech commemorating the Communist Party.:

As long as we remain immovable, as long as we do not become complacent, as long as we are free from turmoil and steadfastly push forward reforms, and steadfastly follow the path of socialism with Chinese characteristics—then we will certainly realize this great blueprint and win this grand struggle.

只要我们不动摇、不懈怠、不折腾,坚定不移地推进改革开放,坚定不移地走中国特色社会主义道路,就一定能够胜利实现这一宏伟蓝图和奋斗目标.

This is in line with Hu Jintao’s consistent efforts to promote harmony and social stability.