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河蟹 (héxiè): river crab
 
河蟹 (héxiè): river crab
  
[[File:river crab1.jpg|250px|thumb|right|''Picture of a river crab wearing three watches. (“Wear three watches” (带三个表 dài sān ge biǎo) sounds similar to the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Three_Represents Three Represents] (三个代表 sān ge dàibiǎo), Jiang Zemin’s signature ideological creation.'']]
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[[File:river crab1.jpg|250px|thumb|right|''A river crab wearing three watches (带三个表 dài sān ge biǎo), alluding to Jiang Zemin’s [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Three_Represents Three Represents] (三个代表 Sān ge Dàibiǎo).'']]
  
The Chinese government often uses its goal of constructing a “[[harmonious]] society” (和谐社会 héxié shèhuì) as a justification for censorship. Chinese netizens began to use “harmony” as a euphemism for censorship. “River crab” (河蟹 héxiè) sounds nearly the same in Chinese as “harmonious” (和谐héxié).
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The Chinese government often uses its goal of constructing a “[[harmonious]] society” as a justification for censorship. Chinese netizens began to use “harmony” (和谐 héxié) as a euphemism for censorship. They then imagined a troublesome creature with a name echoing “harmony,” the “river crab” (河蟹 héxiè).
  
“River crab” can also be used as a verb. Instead of saying something has been censored, one might say “it has been harmonized” (被和谐了 bèi héxié le) or “it has been river-crabbed” (被河蟹了 bèi héxiè le).
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Both “harmony” and “river crab” can be used as verbs. Instead of saying something has been censored, one might say it has been “harmonized” (被和谐 bèi héxié) or “river-crabbed” (被河蟹了 bèi héxiè).
  
 
A “crab” is also a bully.  
 
A “crab” is also a bully.  
  
In the context of Chinese Internet mythology, the river crab (censorship) threatens the habitat of the [[grass-mud horse]] (symbol of online deviance). A popular [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3D2eh4xehc4 cartoon] illustrates this struggle.  
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In Chinese Internet mythology, the river crab threatens the habitat of the [[grass-mud horse]], also a symbol of online deviance. A popular [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3D2eh4xehc4 cartoon] illustrates this struggle.  
  
[[File:river crab2.jpg|250px|thumb|right|''The word “harmonious” written in Chinese—various components have been modified to resemble the radical used in the word “crab.'']]  
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[[File:river crab2.jpg|250px|thumb|right|''“Harmonious” written with the insect radical (虫) to suggest “crab” (蟹).'']]  
  
[[File:rivercrabflag.jpg|250px|thumb|right|''National Flag of the Republic of Rivercrabs.'']]
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[[File:rivercrabflag.jpg|250px|thumb|right|''Flag of the Republic of Rivercrabs.'']]
  
  
[[File:china flag.jpg|250px|thumb|right|''Flag of the People's Republic of China.'']]
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[[File:china flag.jpg|250px|thumb|right|''Flag of the People’s Republic of China.'']]
  
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Revision as of 02:13, 3 April 2013

河蟹 (héxiè): river crab

A river crab wearing three watches (带三个表 dài sān ge biǎo), alluding to Jiang Zemin’s Three Represents (三个代表 Sān ge Dàibiǎo).

The Chinese government often uses its goal of constructing a “harmonious society” as a justification for censorship. Chinese netizens began to use “harmony” (和谐 héxié) as a euphemism for censorship. They then imagined a troublesome creature with a name echoing “harmony,” the “river crab” (河蟹 héxiè).

Both “harmony” and “river crab” can be used as verbs. Instead of saying something has been censored, one might say it has been “harmonized” (被和谐 bèi héxié) or “river-crabbed” (被河蟹了 bèi héxiè).

A “crab” is also a bully.

In Chinese Internet mythology, the river crab threatens the habitat of the grass-mud horse, also a symbol of online deviance. A popular cartoon illustrates this struggle.

“Harmonious” written with the insect radical (虫) to suggest “crab” (蟹).
Flag of the Republic of Rivercrabs.


Flag of the People’s Republic of China.