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Wang Wusi. (Source:

I don't need to wake anyone up. Everyone's already awake. They just don't want to get out of bed.

Wang Yongzhi (王永智) posts social commentary on his public WeChat account under the pen name Wang Wusi. Beloved equally for his savvy and modesty, he is also the frequent victim of censorship. His posts often vanish hours after they are first published, and he has been forced to reincarnate his account so often that one fan has dubbed him "the man most deeply hurt by WeChat" (被微信伤害最深的男人).

Wang was born in Yantai, Shandong in 1982, and graduated from Shandong University in 2005. Upon graduation, he took a marketing job in Shenzhen, but left for Hangzhou six months later to pursue his college girlfriend, and has stayed there ever since. He has been a screenwriter for a Hangzhou animation company and a media manager for Tencent and Phoenix Media. He is now COO of the produce delivery start-up Variety Market (花样菜场), which he also co-founded.

While working full-time, Wang launched his first public WeChat account in 2014. He has since attracted hundreds of thousands of loyal followers, who have learned to scavenge for his essays and save what they can find. Wang's work has even popped up on the adult forum Caoliu.

Wang does not shy away from politically sensitive topics—he usually rushes for them head-on. When a couple copied China's constitution on their wedding night[ in 2016, Wang joked that "hostile foreign forces will certainly exploit this" and cautioned Communist Party members to "take a stand." In a critique of the [[ 2017 CCTV Spring Festival Gala], Wang begins, "As I was writing this, I knew it would not be able to evade deletion, because they aren't allowing any criticism of this year's Gala. But I still had to write it. It is my destiny."

Wang started writing about social issues on his university BBS forum, where he went by his video game user name Wang Xiaosan (王小三). Once xiaosan 小三, or "little third," began to take on a less savory meaning, Wang renamed himself after the two numbers above three, five and four (wusi 五四), according to an October 2016 interview with Global People. But "Five-four" also alludes to the May Fourth Movement, a time of radical political and cultural imagination in Republican China that began with a student protest in Beijing on May 4, 1919.

Wang Wusi at CDT

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