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|−|The term “soy sauce committee members” is derived from the phrase “[[ getting soy sauce | get soy source]] ”: One who is “getting soy sauce” is just listening as a spectator, without making substantive comments or contributions. |+|
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|−|Many Chinese citizens have complained that the structure and bloated size of the National People’s Congress ( around 3,000) render most of its members powerless. This is highlighted by the fact that most proposals, such as those in the 2011 session were supported by over 99% of the votes cast. |+|
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|−|During the 2011 [ http://wiki.china.org.cn/wiki/index.php/Lianghui Two Sessions] , people dubbed the committee members who did nothing beside apply their rubber stamp, “soy sauce representatives. ” [ http: //chinadigitaltimes.net/2011/03/video- dragon%E2%80%99s-take-on-the-two-sessions-translated/ This video] makes fun of the two sessions and makes reference to the “soy sauce representatives” who either do nothing or who “just sit around on the toilet waiting for inspiration to come to them.” |+|
Latest revision as of 00:02, 4 March 2016
jiàngyóu wěiyuán 酱油委员
Member of the National People's Congress, China's "rubber stamp" legislature, or the advisory Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, which both meet at the annual Two Sessions in Beijing. Some Chinese citizens have complained that the structure and bloated size of the NPC render most of its members powerless. Its full session has never rejected a bill, and some delegates skip meetings with the excuse that they're at the Two Sessions "mainly to meet people and learn" (以交流和学习为主).
Passive observation is known as getting soy sauce, after a man-on-the-street interviewee's response to Guangzhou TV about a celebrity scandal in 2008: "What the fuck does it have to do with me? I was just out buying soy sauce." During the 2011 Two Sessions, netizens dubbed NPC delegates who said yes to every proposal "soy sauce representatives" (jiàngyóu dàibiǎo 酱油代表). A mock news show on that year's Two Sessions described legislators who are either absent, passive, or who "review the proposals but never inquire about popular opinion and just sit around on the toilet waiting for inspiration to come to them."
See also Stupid Sessions.