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<h3>''ài wèilái'' 爱未来</h3>
  
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[[File:AiWeiwei.jpg|300px|thumb|right|''A [http://chinadigitaltimes.net/2011/06/future-banned-on-sina-weibo-search/#ai-weiwei sensitive] man. (Source: Weibo)'']]Reference to Chinese artist and dissident [http://chinadigitaltimes.net/china/ai-weiwei/ Ai Weiwei] (''Ài Wèiwei'' 艾未未).
  
"[http://chinadigitaltimes.net/2011/04/love-the-future-netizens-show-support-for-ai-weiwei/ Love the future]" is a coded reference to Chinese artist and dissident, [http://chinadigitaltimes.net/china/ai-weiwei/ Ai Weiwei] (艾未未) that began to be used after Ai's disappearance in early 2011. Ai’s surname sounds the same as the word “love” in Chinese, and his given name “Weiwei” can be converted into the word “future” by adding two small strokes to the second character. After the phrase "love the future" became a synonym for Ai, the word "future" became a [[sensitive porcelain | sensitive word]] in China.  See [http://chinadigitaltimes.net/2011/06/future-banned-on-sina-weibo-search/ here]. 
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"[http://chinadigitaltimes.net/2011/04/love-the-future-netizens-show-support-for-ai-weiwei/ Loving the future]" became fashionable when Ai Weiwei was [http://chinadigitaltimes.net/2012/05/a-black-hood-81-captive-days-for-ai-weiwei/ detained for 81 days in 2011]. The code combines homophones and near-homographs to hint at Ai's name. The surname Ai (''Aì'' 艾) sounds the same as "love" (''ài'' 爱), while Weiwei (''Wèiwei'' 艾未未) becomes "future" (''wèilái'' 未来) simply by adding two small strokes to the second character.  
  
From [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ai_Weiwei Wikipedia]
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The use of this code lead to the phrase "love the future" being [http://chinadigitaltimes.net/2011/06/future-banned-on-sina-weibo-search/#ai-weiwei blocked from Weibo search results] around June-August 2011.
: Ai Weiwei is a Chinese artist and activist, who is also active in architecture, curating, photography, film, and social and cultural criticism.  Ai collaborated with Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuronas the artistic consultant on the Beijing National Stadium for the 2008 Olympics.  In addition to showing his art he has investigated government corruption and cover-ups. He was particularly focused at exposing an alleged corruption scandal in the construction of Sichuan schools that collapsed during the 2008 Sichuan earthquake. He intensively uses the internet to communicate with people all over China, especially the young generation. On 3 April 2011 police detained him at Beijing airport, and his studio in the capital was sealed off in an apparent crackdown by the Chinese authorities on political dissidents.
 
  
On June 22, 2011, Ai was released on probation with strict instructions to not leave Beijing.
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One of the designers behind the iconic [http://chinadigitaltimes.net/2008/01/photo-beijings-2008-olympic-stadium/ Bird's Nest Stadium] for the Beijing Olympics, Ai was prominent in the art world long before he became a thorn in the Chinese government's side. He started to rankle the authorities in May 2008 when he led a project to collect the names of children who died in the [http://chinadigitaltimes.net/2010/05/ai-weiwei-%E8%89%BE%E6%9C%AA%E6%9C%AA-commemoration-%E5%BF%B5/ Sichuan earthquake]. Active on Twitter, In February 2011 he tweeted about the calls for a "[http://chinadigitaltimes.net/2011/04/uprooting-the-%E2%80%98chinese-jasmine-revolution%E2%80%99/ jasmine revolution]" in China modeled after protests in Egypt. After receiving frequent visits from the police and seeing the destruction of his Shanghai studio in late 2010, and in the midst of a crackdown reflecting government anxieties over the Arab Spring, Ai attempted to leave for Hong Kong on April 3, 2011. He was detained while boarding his flight and disappeared for 81 days. Once back home and under surveillance, he [http://chinadigitaltimes.net/2011/07/ai-weiwei-joins-google-users-protest-true-name-policy/ didn't stay silent] for long.
  
A terrific profile of Ai Weiwei is available in the New Yorker, [http://m.newyorker.com/reporting/2010/05/24/100524fa_fact_osnos?currentPage=4 here].
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See also [[believe in the god Ai and be resurrected on the spot]].
  
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Latest revision as of 17:26, 2 May 2016

ài wèilái 爱未来

A sensitive man. (Source: Weibo)
Reference to Chinese artist and dissident Ai Weiwei (Ài Wèiwei 艾未未).

"Loving the future" became fashionable when Ai Weiwei was detained for 81 days in 2011. The code combines homophones and near-homographs to hint at Ai's name. The surname Ai ( 艾) sounds the same as "love" (ài 爱), while Weiwei (Wèiwei 艾未未) becomes "future" (wèilái 未来) simply by adding two small strokes to the second character.

The use of this code lead to the phrase "love the future" being blocked from Weibo search results around June-August 2011.

One of the designers behind the iconic Bird's Nest Stadium for the Beijing Olympics, Ai was prominent in the art world long before he became a thorn in the Chinese government's side. He started to rankle the authorities in May 2008 when he led a project to collect the names of children who died in the Sichuan earthquake. Active on Twitter, In February 2011 he tweeted about the calls for a "jasmine revolution" in China modeled after protests in Egypt. After receiving frequent visits from the police and seeing the destruction of his Shanghai studio in late 2010, and in the midst of a crackdown reflecting government anxieties over the Arab Spring, Ai attempted to leave for Hong Kong on April 3, 2011. He was detained while boarding his flight and disappeared for 81 days. Once back home and under surveillance, he didn't stay silent for long.

See also believe in the god Ai and be resurrected on the spot.

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