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酱油委员 (jiàngyóu wěiyuán): soy sauce committee members
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<h3>''jiàngyóu wěiyuán'' 酱油委员</h3>
  
Derived from the phrase “[[getting soy sauce |get soy sauce]].” One who is “getting soy sauce” is just a spectator, listening without making substantive comments or contributions.
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[[File:酱油委员.jpg|200px|thumb|right|Gold medalist and soy sauce committee member [http://chinadigitaltimes.net/china/liu-xiang/ Liu Xiang]. (Source: [http://www.baike.com/wiki/%E9%85%B1%E6%B2%B9%E5%A7%94%E5%91%98 baike.com])]][https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rubber_stamp_(politics) Rubber stamp] at the annual National People's Congress and Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, also known as the [http://chinadigitaltimes.net/china/two-sessions/ Two Sessions].
  
Many Chinese citizens have complained that the structure and bloated size of the National People’s Congress (around 3,000 members) render most of its members powerless. Many proposals are supported by over 99% of the votes cast.   
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Passive observation is known as [[get soy sauce|getting soy sauce]]. Many Chinese citizens have complained that the structure and bloated size of the National People’s Congress render most of its members powerless—there are over 3,000 members, including professional athletes, celebrities, and other non-politicians. Many proposals are supported by over 99% of the votes cast.   
  
During the 2011 [http://wiki.china.org.cn/wiki/index.php/Lianghui Two Sessions], people dubbed committee members who did nothing besides 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] references “soy sauce representatives” who either do nothing or who “just sit around on the toilet waiting for inspiration to come to them” (“坐在马桶上异想天开出来的”).
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During the 2011 Two Sessions, netizens dubbed committee members who said yes to every proposal "soy sauce representatives" (''jiàngyóu dàibiǎo'' 酱油代表), a term interchangeable with "soy sauce committee member." A mock news show on that year's Two Sessions describes soy sauce brigade as legislators who are either absent, passive, or who "[http://chinadigitaltimes.net/2011/03/video-dragon%E2%80%99s-take-on-the-two-sessions-translated/#jiangyouweiyuan review the proposals but never inquire about popular opinion and just sit around on the toilet waiting for inspiration to come to them]." Soy sauce committee members may skip meetings with the excuse that they're at the Two Sessions "mainly to meet people and learn" ([http://club.kdnet.net/dispbbs.asp?boardid=1&id=11418574&replyid=56021861&page=1&1=1#56021861 以交流和学习为主]).
  
中文 Chinese Definition:
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[[Category: Grass-Mud Horse Lexicon]][[Category:Party and State]]
酱油委员,指的是在在全国“两会”上,顶着代表委员的帽子,在可以发出声音的地方只带耳朵不带嘴巴只会举手不会表态,不敢于代表人民发表建议意见的人,就像网络流行语“我是来打酱油的”。没有提案的委员,能起到什么作用?网友直接称之为“酱油委员”。
 
 
 
 
 
[[Category: Grass-Mud Horse Lexicon]]
 

Revision as of 20:57, 3 March 2016

jiàngyóu wěiyuán 酱油委员

Gold medalist and soy sauce committee member Liu Xiang. (Source: baike.com)
Rubber stamp at the annual National People's Congress and Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, also known as the Two Sessions.

Passive observation is known as getting soy sauce. Many Chinese citizens have complained that the structure and bloated size of the National People’s Congress render most of its members powerless—there are over 3,000 members, including professional athletes, celebrities, and other non-politicians. Many proposals are supported by over 99% of the votes cast.

During the 2011 Two Sessions, netizens dubbed committee members who said yes to every proposal "soy sauce representatives" (jiàngyóu dàibiǎo 酱油代表), a term interchangeable with "soy sauce committee member." A mock news show on that year's Two Sessions describes soy sauce brigade as 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." Soy sauce committee members may 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).