Author: josh rudolph

Josh Rudolph currently lives in Vancouver, where he recently finished an MA at the Institute of Asian Research at UBC. His thematic focus is on Asia Pacific Policy and media representations of Asian culture, society and religion, while his main geopolitical interest lies in China.
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Liu Ermu: Political Prisoners Are Not Criminals

Dangerous levels of pollution in and around Chengdu, Sichuan earlier this month inspired denizens to stage sit-ins and adorn public statues with face-masks. Authorities responded by sealing off the central Tianfu Square, detaining participants in small scale protests, and requiring shops to report bulk face-mask purchases. Online activist Liu Ermu (刘尔目) commented

December 19, 2016

Phrase of the Week: Smog the People

The Word of the Week comes from the Grass-Mud Horse Lexicon, a glossary of terms created by Chinese netizens and 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.

wèi rénmín fú wù 喂人民服雾

Literally “feed

December 16, 2016

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