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景德镇 (Jǐngdé Zhèn): Jingde Town
 
景德镇 (Jǐngdé Zhèn): Jingde Town
  
The [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jingdezhen town of Jingde] has been called the porcelain capital of China. Recently, the name of the town has become a code word to refer to all of China.   
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[[File:景德镇.jpg‎|250px|thumb|right|''A porcelain workshop in Jingde. (Sonhoo)'']]The town of [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jingdezhen Jingde] in Jianggxi Province is known as the “porcelain capital of China.” Online, the name of the town has also become a code word to refer to all of China.   
  
When netizens write about China, the word, “China” is often picked up by sophisticated internet filters that look for [[sensitive porcelain | sensitive words]] and screen for political content. Because porcelain is often referred to as “china,” the name of this township is used to get around internet censorship.   
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When netizens write about China, the word “China” is often picked up by sophisticated internet filters that look for [[sensitive porcelain|sensitive words]] and screen for political content. Because porcelain is often referred to as “china,” the name of this township is used to get around Internet censorship.   
  
 
For example, this innocuous sounding exchange has two entirely different meanings.   
 
For example, this innocuous sounding exchange has two entirely different meanings.   
<blockquote> “What kind of a place is Jingde? “It’s a small town that daily produces cup ware and dining ware.”  “景德镇是什么地方?”  “天天生产杯具和餐具的小镇。” </blockquote>
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<blockquote>'''What kind of a place is Jingde?'''</blockquote>
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<blockquote>'''景德镇是什么地方?'''</blockquote>  
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<blockquote>It’s a small town that produces cupware and diningware daily.</blockquote>
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<blockquote>天天生产杯具和餐具的小镇。</blockquote>
  
 
To those in the know, this can be read as:
 
To those in the know, this can be read as:
  
<blockquote> “What kind of a place is China?”  “It’s a small town that daily produces tragedy and misfortune.” </blockquote>
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<blockquote>'''What kind of a place is China?'''</blockquote>
  
(Cup ware (杯具) sounds the same in Chinese as tragedy (悲剧) and dining ware (餐具) sounds nearly the same as misfortune (惨剧).)
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<blockquote>It’s a small town that produces tragedy and misfortune daily.</blockquote>
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Cupware (杯具 bēijù) sounds the same as tragedy (悲剧 bēijù); diningware (餐具 cānjù) sounds nearly the same as misfortune (惨剧 cǎnjù).
  
 
Another codeword for “China” is [[Celestial Empire]].
 
Another codeword for “China” is [[Celestial Empire]].
  
 
[[Category: Grass-Mud Horse Lexicon]]
 
[[Category: Grass-Mud Horse Lexicon]]

Revision as of 01:48, 29 May 2013

景德镇 (Jǐngdé Zhèn): Jingde Town

A porcelain workshop in Jingde. (Sonhoo)

The town of Jingde in Jianggxi Province is known as the “porcelain capital of China.” Online, the name of the town has also become a code word to refer to all of China.

When netizens write about China, the word “China” is often picked up by sophisticated internet filters that look for sensitive words and screen for political content. Because porcelain is often referred to as “china,” the name of this township is used to get around Internet censorship.

For example, this innocuous sounding exchange has two entirely different meanings.

What kind of a place is Jingde?

景德镇是什么地方?

It’s a small town that produces cupware and diningware daily.

天天生产杯具和餐具的小镇。

To those in the know, this can be read as:

What kind of a place is China?

It’s a small town that produces tragedy and misfortune daily.

Cupware (杯具 bēijù) sounds the same as tragedy (悲剧 bēijù); diningware (餐具 cānjù) sounds nearly the same as misfortune (惨剧 cǎnjù).

Another codeword for “China” is Celestial Empire.