From China Digital Space
拆哪 (Chāi nǎ) Demolish itforcibly evicting people from their homes to build on the land. Anger over forced demolition lead the people of Wukan, Guangdong to fight the local government, eventually laying siege to their village in December 2011.
哪 nǎ means “where” or “which.” Hence, Chāi nǎ also sounds like the question “Where/which should be demolished?” and mocks the ubiquity of demolition.
Linguist Victor Mair has a collection of nicknames for China, including chāi nǎ, on his Language Log blog.
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