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敏感瓷 (mǐngǎn cí): sensitive porcelain

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This sounds the same as “sensitive words” (敏感词 mǐngǎn cí), which can be the names of politicians, religious movements (like Falun Gong), events (like The Thirty-Fifth of May) and subversive online terms (like grass-mud horse). Sensitive words are frequently blocked from Internet search results or forbidden to be discussed by the media.

When prominent Chinese blogger Han Han was nominated for the Time list of the 100 most influential people, he invoked “sensitive words” in a blog post:

Yesterday, I saw a news report which said that I am a candidate for the list of the 200 most globally influential people from Time magazine. Sensitive word, sensitive word, and sensitive word from China are also candidates... I often ask myself, what contribution have I made to this society which is full of sensitive words? In the end, maybe all I contribute is another sensitive word—my own name—and nothing more.

Sensitive Words: Alibaba’s Political Ties

22 July 2014, by Anne Henochowicz

Sensitive Words: New Gang of Four and More

18 July 2014, by Anne Henochowicz

Sensitive: Master of the Starry Skies and More

16 July 2014, by Anne Henochowicz

Sensitive: Rumors on PLA Singer Song Zuying, More

15 July 2014, by Anne Henochowicz

Sensitive Words: HK, Citizens’ Movement, Ling Jihua, More

24 June 2014, by josh rudolph

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