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<h3>''qiángguó'' 墙国</h3>
  
In Mandarin, “wall nation” sounds the same as “mighty nation” (强国 qiángguó). There is much talk in China about rising up after years of foreign aggression to become “a mighty nation.” The term “wall nation” pokes fun at these nationalistic aspirations by suggesting that China is not becoming “mighty” so much as it is becoming “walled” in by the [[Great Firewall of China]]. The character for “[[wall]]” has been used to the same effect in other words containing the character for “strong.”
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[[File:墙国.jpg|300px|thumb|right|''Xi Jinping's hope for wall nationhood. (Source: [http://th.klear.com/profile/democracy8964 @democracy8964])'']]Reference to the [[Great Firewall]]; visual pun on "mighty nation" (''qiángguó'' 强国).
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There is much talk in China about rising up after years of foreign aggression to become a "mighty nation." While might conjures power on the global stage, the pun "wall nation" alludes to the [[Great Firewall]], the digital barrier between China and the rest of the world.  
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"Mighty nation" and "wall nation" are only distinguishable in writing, as the characters "mighty" (''qiáng'' 强) and "wall" (''qiáng'' 墙) are pronounced identically.
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<blockquote>''Maoyudaodeshijie'' (@矛与盾的世界): The unternet, the unconnected '''wall nation'''. (December 18, 2015)</blockquote>
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<blockquote>互不联网,非主流'''墙国'''。['''[https://freeweibo.com/weibo/3921493077577974 Chinese]''']</blockquote>
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Revision as of 23:40, 28 July 2016

qiángguó 墙国

Xi Jinping's hope for wall nationhood. (Source: @democracy8964)

Reference to the Great Firewall; visual pun on "mighty nation" (qiángguó 强国).

There is much talk in China about rising up after years of foreign aggression to become a "mighty nation." While might conjures power on the global stage, the pun "wall nation" alludes to the Great Firewall, the digital barrier between China and the rest of the world.

"Mighty nation" and "wall nation" are only distinguishable in writing, as the characters "mighty" (qiáng 强) and "wall" (qiáng 墙) are pronounced identically.

Maoyudaodeshijie (@矛与盾的世界): The unternet, the unconnected wall nation. (December 18, 2015)

互不联网,非主流墙国。[Chinese]

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