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'''康师傅 (Kāng Shīfu) Master Kang'''
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[[File:masterkong.png|300px|thumb|right|''Master Kong brand logo. (Source: [http://masterkong.com.cn masterkong.com.cn])'']]  
 
[[File:masterkong.png|300px|thumb|right|''Master Kong brand logo. (Source: [http://masterkong.com.cn masterkong.com.cn])'']]  
 
[[File:zhoukang.JPG|300px|thumb|right|''Zhou Yongkang as Master Kang. (Source: [http://renminbao.com renminbao.com])'']]  
 
[[File:zhoukang.JPG|300px|thumb|right|''Zhou Yongkang as Master Kang. (Source: [http://renminbao.com renminbao.com])'']]  
'''康师傅 (Kāng Shīfu) Master Kang'''
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Code name for Zhou Yongkang, former public security chief and close ally of fallen Chongqing party secretary [[King Who Pacified the West|Bo Xilai]]; a popular brand of instant noodles. The 康 kāng in the brand name is the same as in Zhou Yongkang 周永康. [http://chinadigitaltimes.net/2012/04/sensitive-words-the-bo-xilai-edition/ Netizens began calling Zhou "Master Kang" in the spring of 2012], when he was reported to be the sole supporter of Bo Xilai on the Politburo Standing Committee. A [https://chinadigitaltimes.net/2014/07/investigation-former-security-chief-zhou-yongkang-announced/  corruption investigation] on Zhou began after his retirement, ending with his conviction and a [http://chinadigitaltimes.net/2015/06/former-security-chief-zhou-yongkang-sentenced-to-life-in-prison/ life sentence meted out at a secret trial] in June 2015.
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"Master Kang" is simultaneously a historical, political, and pop cultural reference. It is the brand name used by packaged food company [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tingyi_(Cayman_Islands)_Holding_Corporation Tingyi (Cayman Islands) Holding Corporation], the largest instant noodle producer operating in mainland China. Tingyi markets their products under the English name Master Kong. "Master Kang" is occasionally [http://chinadigitaltimes.net/2013/10/sensitive-words-zhou-yongkang-taiwan-comrades/#kangshifu blocked from Weibo search results], prompting netizens to refer to Zhou Yongkang simply as "instant noodles" (方便面 fāngbiànmiàn).
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Master Kang also alludes to Kang Sheng (康生), one of Zhou's predecessors as security chief. A first generation official and close ally to Mao Zedong, Kang was [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kang_Sheng#Death_and_disgrace posthumously disgraced and expelled from the Party] for his role in the Cultural Revolution and his early criticism of Deng Xiaoping.
  
Nickname for Zhou Yongkang, former public security chief and close ally of fallen Chongqing party secretary [[King Who Pacified the West|Bo Xilai]]. Reports that Zhou is the subject of a [http://chinadigitaltimes.net/2013/08/scmp-former-security-tsar-zhou-yongkang-face-corruption-probe/ massive government corruption probe] emerged in August 2013, but the investigation was [https://chinadigitaltimes.net/2014/07/investigation-former-security-chief-zhou-yongkang-announced/ not officially announced until July 29, 2014]. Netizens refer to the retired Politburo Standing Committee member as “Master Kang” in the midst of [http://chinadigitaltimes.net/2013/10/sensitive-words-zhou-yongkang-taiwan-comrades/ censorship directives forbidding such discussion].
 
  
 
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<blockquote>Xiangshanhongyepiao'' (@香山红叶飘): Let's guess: who has '''Master Kang''' ratted out while he is in prison?</blockquote>
 
<blockquote>猜猜:'''康师傅'''在牢里装疯卖傻供出了谁?[[https://freeweibo.com/en/weibo/3834055508605505 '''Chinese''']]</blockquote>
 
  
The name “Master Kang” is simultaneously a historical, political, and pop cultural reference. Kang Shifu (康师傅 Kāng Shīfu) is the brand name used by packaged food company [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tingyi_(Cayman_Islands)_Holding_Corporation Tingyi (Cayman Islands) Holding Corporation], the largest instant noodle producer operating in mainland China. When “Master Kang” is [http://chinadigitaltimes.net/2013/10/sensitive-words-zhou-yongkang-taiwan-comrades/#kangshifu blocked from Weibo search results], netizens resort to calling Zhou “instant noodles” (方便面 fāngbiànmiàn). Tingyi markets their products under the English name Master Kong.
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<blockquote>''Jiupianweibo'' (@九片围脖): To see Master Kang stand there, his hair snow-white, making his final statement with natural poise, as if he were speaking in the Great Hall of the People—it makes me shudder. (June 11, 2015)</blockquote>
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<blockquote>康师傅满头白发的站在那里,做最后陈述时自然沉稳,仿佛又在万人礼堂演讲一般,造化弄人,这一上一下的境遇,居然让我感到不寒而栗。 ['''[http://www.weibo.com/1405821694/Cm6Jc8KgT Chinese]''']</blockquote>
  
Master Kang also alludes to Kang Sheng (康生), Zhou’s early predecessor as security chief. A first generation official and close ally to Mao Zedong, Kang was [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kang_Sheng#Death_and_disgrace posthumously disgraced and expelled from the Party] for his role in the Cultural Revolution and his early criticism of Deng Xiaoping.
 
  
See also [[King Who Pacified the West]] and [[movie star]].  
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See also [[King Who Pacified the West]].  
  
[[Category: Grass-Mud Horse Lexicon]][[Category: Political Figures]]
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[[Category:Grass-Mud Horse Lexicon]][[Category:Corruption]][[Category:Political Figures]][[Category:Zhou Yongkang]]

Revision as of 15:48, 11 June 2015

康师傅 (Kāng Shīfu) Master Kang

Master Kong brand logo. (Source: masterkong.com.cn)
Zhou Yongkang as Master Kang. (Source: renminbao.com)

Code name for Zhou Yongkang, former public security chief and close ally of fallen Chongqing party secretary Bo Xilai; a popular brand of instant noodles. The 康 kāng in the brand name is the same as in Zhou Yongkang 周永康. Netizens began calling Zhou "Master Kang" in the spring of 2012, when he was reported to be the sole supporter of Bo Xilai on the Politburo Standing Committee. A corruption investigation on Zhou began after his retirement, ending with his conviction and a life sentence meted out at a secret trial in June 2015.

"Master Kang" is simultaneously a historical, political, and pop cultural reference. It is the brand name used by packaged food company Tingyi (Cayman Islands) Holding Corporation, the largest instant noodle producer operating in mainland China. Tingyi markets their products under the English name Master Kong. "Master Kang" is occasionally blocked from Weibo search results, prompting netizens to refer to Zhou Yongkang simply as "instant noodles" (方便面 fāngbiànmiàn).

Master Kang also alludes to Kang Sheng (康生), one of Zhou's predecessors as security chief. A first generation official and close ally to Mao Zedong, Kang was posthumously disgraced and expelled from the Party for his role in the Cultural Revolution and his early criticism of Deng Xiaoping.


Example:

Jiupianweibo (@九片围脖): To see Master Kang stand there, his hair snow-white, making his final statement with natural poise, as if he were speaking in the Great Hall of the People—it makes me shudder. (June 11, 2015)

康师傅满头白发的站在那里,做最后陈述时自然沉稳,仿佛又在万人礼堂演讲一般,造化弄人,这一上一下的境遇,居然让我感到不寒而栗。 [Chinese]


See also King Who Pacified the West.