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我爸爸是李刚 (wǒ bàbà shì Lǐ Gāng): My father is Li Gang
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'''我爸是李刚 (wǒ shì Lǐ Gāng): my father is Li Gang'''
  
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[[File:Bushiligang.jpeg|300px|thumb|right|''“Friends, slow down a bit—your dad is not Li Gang.” (source unknown)'']]
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[[File:Ligang1.jpg|300px|thumb|right|''“Give me more, my dad is Li Gang!” (source unknown)'']]
  
This phrase became a huge social phenomenon following a tragic car accident that left college girl, Chen Xiaofeng dead. Chen had been in-line skating with a friend when they were both struck by a speeding car driven by 22-year-old Li Qiming. The intoxicated driver attempted to flee but was intercepted by security guards. Undeterred he yelled, “Sue me if you dare, my father is Li Gang!” Li Gang is the deputy police chief in the Beishi district of Baoding, in Hebei province.   
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Massively popular catchphrase from a [http://chinadigitaltimes.net/2010/10/car-accident-gate-my-dad-is-li-gang/ tragic car accident that killed Chen Xiaofeng, a college girl in Hebei] in October 2010. Chen had been in-line skating with a friend when they were both struck by a speeding car driven by intoxicated 22-year-old Li Qiming. The driver attempted to flee but was intercepted by security guards. Undeterred, he yelled, “Sue me if you dare, my dad is Li Gang!” and gave birth to one of [http://chinadigitaltimes.net/2010/12/2010%E2%80%B2s-top-10-chinese-internet-buzzwords-catchphrases-2/ China’s most popular Internet catch phrases to date]. Li Gang was the deputy police chief in the Beishi district of Baoding, Hebei; his son’s supposed immunity is an example of how the behavior of the [[governing second generation]] can lead to popular outrage.   
  
As explained by the [http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/18/world/asia/18li.html New York Times]:
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After Chen’s death, Chinese blogger [http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/18/world/asia/18li.html Piggy Feet Beta started a contest inviting entrants to incorporate the phrase “my dad is Li Gang” into classical Chinese poetry]. The contest received over 6,000 entries and helped propel the phrase to memedom.
  
<blockquote>The tale of her death is precisely the sort of gripping socio-drama — a commoner grievously wronged; a privileged transgressor pulling strings to escape punishment — that sets off alarm bells in the offices of Communist Party censors. And in fact, party propaganda officials moved swiftly after the accident to ensure that the story never gained traction.</blockquote>
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In January 2011, [http://chinadigitaltimes.net/2011/01/china-policemans-son-gets-6-years-for-deadly-hit-and-run-case/ Li Qiming was sentenced to 6 years in prison].
  
<blockquote>Curiously, however, the opposite has happened. A month after the accident, much of China knows the story, and “My father is Li Gang” has become a bitter inside joke, a catchphrase for shirking any responsibility — washing the dishes, being faithful to a girlfriend — with impunity. Even the government’s heavy-handed effort to control the story has become the object of scorn among younger, savvier Chinese.</blockquote>
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“My dad is Li Gang” was one of the first Internet memes to permeate offline language. People would use the phrase to shrug off responsibilities, from doing homework to turning out the light. It even found its way onto road signs, reminding drivers to drive carefully—after all, “your dad is not Li Gang.
  
After Chen's death a Chinese blogger known as Piggy Feet Beta began a contest inviting entrants to incorporate the phrase "My father is Li Gang" into classical Chinese poetry. The contest received over 6,000 entries and helped propel the phrase to become one of the most widely known internet memes of 2010.
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'''Example:'''
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<blockquote> @Salsac: Another '''my father is Li Gang''' has appeared in Jiangmen! An old lady named Li Gong was hit by a car while crossing the street. She later died after failed attempts to revive her. The driver was no where to be found. Instead, a number of senior government officials contacted the victim's family asking for them to forgive the driver...is there any justice left? (June 4, 2015)</blockquote>
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<blockquote>江门又出现'''我爸是“李刚”'''了! 老太太丽宫过马路被撞飞 抢救无效死亡 - 老太太丽宫过马路被撞飞 抢救无效死亡! 司机一直没再出现,反而是什么镇长、所长、行长打电话给死者家属,内容都是要求放过司机...... 这还有公理吗?[[http://www.weibo.com/1752202802/CkZRkwnPk?type=comment#_rnd1433734004072 '''Chinese''']]</blockquote>
  
More information about this incident is available [http://globalvoicesonline.org/2010/10/22/china-my-father-is-li-gang/ here] and [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Li_Gang_incident here].
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See also [[horse of deception]] and [[compare fathers]].
  
Chen’s death and the ensuing social outcry is very similar to the 70 KPH incident.  See [[horse of deception]].
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[[Category:Lexicon]][[Category:Society and Culture]]
 
 
 
 
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''"My Father is Li Gang" in the style of Mao-era socialist-realist art.
 
 
 
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''George Bush: "Give me more food!  My dad is Li Gang!" 
 
 
 
''John Howard: "Dammit!  Why the hell couldn't my father be Li Gang."''
 
 
 
[[File:Bushiligang.jpeg]]
 
 
 
''The road sign reads, "Friends, slow down a bit; your father is not Li Gang"''
 
 
 
[[File:ligang2.jpg]]
 
 
 
''My father is Li Gang''
 
 
 
[[File:ligang3.jpg]]
 
 
 
''Mock advertisement for a "government official father."  Includes a number of references to internet jokes that end with the punchline: my father is Li Gang.''
 
 
 
[[File:ligang5.jpg]]
 
 
 
''My father is Li Gang''
 
 
 
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''My father is Li Gang.  The car is supporting five buildings, the number of homes alleged to be owned by Li Gang.''
 
 
 
[[Category: Grass-Mud Horse Lexicon]]
 

Latest revision as of 19:43, 2 February 2021

我爸是李刚 (wǒ bà shì Lǐ Gāng): my father is Li Gang

“Friends, slow down a bit—your dad is not Li Gang.” (source unknown)
“Give me more, my dad is Li Gang!” (source unknown)

Massively popular catchphrase from a tragic car accident that killed Chen Xiaofeng, a college girl in Hebei in October 2010. Chen had been in-line skating with a friend when they were both struck by a speeding car driven by intoxicated 22-year-old Li Qiming. The driver attempted to flee but was intercepted by security guards. Undeterred, he yelled, “Sue me if you dare, my dad is Li Gang!” and gave birth to one of China’s most popular Internet catch phrases to date. Li Gang was the deputy police chief in the Beishi district of Baoding, Hebei; his son’s supposed immunity is an example of how the behavior of the governing second generation can lead to popular outrage.

After Chen’s death, Chinese blogger Piggy Feet Beta started a contest inviting entrants to incorporate the phrase “my dad is Li Gang” into classical Chinese poetry. The contest received over 6,000 entries and helped propel the phrase to memedom.

In January 2011, Li Qiming was sentenced to 6 years in prison.

“My dad is Li Gang” was one of the first Internet memes to permeate offline language. People would use the phrase to shrug off responsibilities, from doing homework to turning out the light. It even found its way onto road signs, reminding drivers to drive carefully—after all, “your dad is not Li Gang.”

Example:

@Salsac: Another my father is Li Gang has appeared in Jiangmen! An old lady named Li Gong was hit by a car while crossing the street. She later died after failed attempts to revive her. The driver was no where to be found. Instead, a number of senior government officials contacted the victim's family asking for them to forgive the driver...is there any justice left? (June 4, 2015)

江门又出现我爸是“李刚”了! 老太太丽宫过马路被撞飞 抢救无效死亡 - 老太太丽宫过马路被撞飞 抢救无效死亡! 司机一直没再出现,反而是什么镇长、所长、行长打电话给死者家属,内容都是要求放过司机...... 这还有公理吗?[Chinese]

See also horse of deception and compare fathers.