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随波逐刘 (suíbō zhú Liú): go with the flow
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<h3>''suí Bō zhú Liú'' 随波逐刘</h3>
  
This is a veiled reference to Chinese dissident and Nobel Peace Prize Winner, [http://chinadigitaltimes.net/china/liu-xiaobo/ Liu Xiaobo].
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[[File:14576287-11aa-49ec-9091-191873e9b92e.jpeg|250px|thumb|right|''(Source: [http://www.rfa.org/mandarin/zhuanlan/wenxuejinqu-cite/wowuzui RFA])'']]Coded support for the Chinese dissident and Nobel Peace Prize winner [http://chinadigitaltimes.net/china/liu-xiaobo/ Liu Xiaobo].
  
Netizen changed the final character in the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chengyu four-character Chinese idiom] meaning “go with the flow” (随波逐流 suíbō zhú liú) from “流” (liú) to “刘” (Liú), Liu Xiaobo's surname. The new phrase sounds identical to “go with the flow,” but actually means “follow and pursue [the example of] Liu Xiaobo.”
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During his tenure as a professor of literature at Beijing Normal University, Liu Xiaobo [https://pen.org/advocacy-case/liu-xiaobo/ served as a mentor to the student protesters in 1989]. In and out of prison since, he was detained in 2008 after the release of the democracy manifesto [http://chinadigitaltimes.net/2008/12/china-detains-prominent-dissident-ahead-of-human-rights-day/ Charter 08], which he co-authored. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2010, just a month into his 11-year sentence for "inciting subversion of state power." [http://chinadigitaltimes.net/2017/06/nobel-laureate-liu-xiaobo-hospitalized-late-stage-cancer/ Liu was granted medical parole in June 2017], when the world learned that he is suffering from late-stage liver cancer. [http://chinadigitaltimes.net/2017/07/liu-xiaobo-december-28-1955-july-13-2017/ He died in state custody on July 13, 2017.]
  
The most frequent mention of this phrase on the iInternet is a reference to [http://www.duping.net/XHC/show.php?bbs=11&post=1031259 an article by Australian-based dissident Zhang Heci], in which he mourns Liu's eleven year sentence and closes by calling readers to follow and pursue the example of Liu Xiaobo.
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Liu's name seldom appears in the Chinese press, and his books are all banned. In order to show their support for him, netizens changed the final character in the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chengyu four-character idiom] "go with the flow" (''suí bō zhú liú'' 随波逐流) from ''liú'' 流 to ''Liú'' 刘, Liu Xiaobo's surname. Conveniently, "wave" (''bō'' 波) is also part of Liu's given name, Xiaobo (晓波 ''Xiǎobō''). The new phrase sounds identical to "go with the flow," but on paper means "follow [the example of] Liu Xiaobo."
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This subversive pun may have first appeared in a December 2009 article by Australia-based dissident Zhang Heci titled "Let Us '''Follow [Xiao]bo and Pursue Liu'''" (''Ràng wǒmen '''suí Bō zhú Liú''' [http://www.duping.net/XHC/show.php?bbs=11&post=1031259 让我们'''随波逐刘''''']). The pun appears in users' [https://www.baidu.com/s?ie=utf-8&f=8&rsv_bp=0&rsv_idx=1&tn=baidu&wd=%E9%9A%8F%E6%B3%A2%E9%80%90%E5%88%98&rsv_pq=d1f9fcfa00009fa4&rsv_t=0059MQXsfW3Av883L5E0o8CQi4zHiuWqOPs6amrIUQuL%2BPyJIbRXRabXkmo&rqlang=cn&rsv_enter=1&rsv_sug3=2 social media handles], such as on [http://weibo.com/u/5183402757 Weibo], the Quora-like [https://www.zhihu.com/people/sui-bo-zhu-liu-79-45/answers Zhihu], and video streaming platform [http://www.miaopai.com/show/jTFPZctikA-u9V7ick06Bg__.htm Miaopai].
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See also [[empty chair]] and [[Mayor Lymph]].
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Latest revision as of 15:00, 7 August 2017

suí Bō zhú Liú 随波逐刘

(Source: RFA)

Coded support for the Chinese dissident and Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo.

During his tenure as a professor of literature at Beijing Normal University, Liu Xiaobo served as a mentor to the student protesters in 1989. In and out of prison since, he was detained in 2008 after the release of the democracy manifesto Charter 08, which he co-authored. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2010, just a month into his 11-year sentence for "inciting subversion of state power." Liu was granted medical parole in June 2017, when the world learned that he is suffering from late-stage liver cancer. He died in state custody on July 13, 2017.

Liu's name seldom appears in the Chinese press, and his books are all banned. In order to show their support for him, netizens changed the final character in the four-character idiom "go with the flow" (suí bō zhú liú 随波逐流) from liú 流 to Liú 刘, Liu Xiaobo's surname. Conveniently, "wave" ( 波) is also part of Liu's given name, Xiaobo (晓波 Xiǎobō). The new phrase sounds identical to "go with the flow," but on paper means "follow [the example of] Liu Xiaobo."

This subversive pun may have first appeared in a December 2009 article by Australia-based dissident Zhang Heci titled "Let Us Follow [Xiao]bo and Pursue Liu" (Ràng wǒmen suí Bō zhú Liú 让我们随波逐刘). The pun appears in users' social media handles, such as on Weibo, the Quora-like Zhihu, and video streaming platform Miaopai.

See also empty chair and Mayor Lymph.

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