From China Digital Space
僵鱼 (Jiāng Yú): Stiff Fish
Derogatory nickname for Jiang Yu (姜瑜 Jiāng Yú), former spokesperson for China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) and a deputy commissioner of MOFA’s Office of the Commissioner in Hong Kong since 2012.
Since the names of government officials often become sensitive words, netizens invent homonyms to sidestep censorship.
We are against anyone making an issue out of Liu Xiaobo and interfering in China’s internal affairs and judicial authority... We will not change because of interference by a few clowns; we will not change our path. We will stick to the path of ruling the country by law and its national conditions. (Source)
Jiang famously warned reporters asking why the police had aggressively stopped them from covering attempts at Jasmine Revolution-inspired protests, “Don’t use the law as a shield.”
Sinostand posted a “best-of” collection of Jiang Yu quotations in April 2011.
See also Bird Anus.
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