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亚克蜥 (yǎ kè xī): Yax Lizard
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<h3>''yǎkèxī'' 亚克蜥</h3>
  
In Uyghur, the word for good is “yaxshi” (ياخشى‎) which is transliterated into Mandarin as 亚克西. The word “yaxshi” was used in a musical piece in the CCTV 2010 Spring Festival Gala entitled, “The Party's Policies are Yaxshi.” Netizens found the piece, which featured people adorned in traditional Uyghur dress dancing and praising the Communist Party, somewhat ironic in light of the violent anti-government riots less than a year earlier in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region. (Another use of the word that did little to soothe Uyghurs' fears of being exploited by Han Chinese is a state-produced [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=409ehQ3HY4Q propaganda video] in which performers sing, “Xinjiang's oil is yaxshi!”)
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[[File:亚克蜥.jpeg|250px|thumb|right|''The CCP’s policies are ''yaxshi''. (Source: Nie Bozi 聂波子)'']]
  
To parody the word “yaxshi,” netizens invented the “Yax lizard” which sounds the same as “yaxshi.The Yax Lizard was dubbed “the first mythical creature of 2010” and placed in the metaphorical ecosystem of [[grass-mud horses]] and [[river crabs]]. For more on the fictional habitat of the Yax lizard, see, [http://www.hudong.com/wiki/%E4%BA%9A%E5%85%8B%E8%9C%A5 here] (Chinese).
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A [[mythical creatures|mythical creature]] derived from the Uyghur-language word ''yaxshi'' (ياخشى‎), meaning “good,” and transliterated into Chinese as ''yǎkèxī'' 亚克西 . The word rose to fame after the CCTV 2010 [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CCTV_New_Year%27s_Gala Spring Festival Gala] segment “The Party’s Policies are Yaxshi,” in which dancers in traditional Uyghur dress praised the Communist Party, a great irony in light of the inter-ethnic [http://chinadigitaltimes.net/china/urumqi-protests-2009/ riots in Xinjiang] the summer before. Netizens then began using the word to mock the absurdity of the state propaganda and to to sardonically praise policies in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region.
  
[[File:yakexi poster.jpg|400px|thumb|left|Poster for a Uyghur performance entitled "Yaxshi."]]
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The yax lizard was dubbed by netizens as “the first mythical creature of 2010,” joining the [[grass-mud horse]] and the [[river crab]] in the pantheon of [[mythical creatures]].
[[File:yakexi.jpg|400px|thumb|left|One version of the Yax Lizard as a Komodo dragon.]]
 
  
[[Category: Grass-Mud Horse Lexicon]]
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Note: The [http://chinadigitaltimes.net/china/uyghurs Uyghurs] are a majority-Muslim Turkic people and the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Autonomous_entities_of_China#Legal_basis titular nationality] of the [http://chinadigitaltimes.net/china/Xinjiang Xinjiang] Uyghur Autonomous Region.
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<blockquote> ''Ast丶ro'' ( @Ast丶ro ):Since yesterday afternoon, the famous photo-sharing software—in fact the international social media for photography—Instagram, has been blocked. Congratulations on having a new member in the social media family along with Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, Line and Snapchat! It's really '''Yakexi''' to live in the Celestial Empire, and how I wish I could live in the "CCTV News Simulcast!" (September 29, 2014) </blockquote>
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<blockquote> 从昨天(28日)下午开始,著名照片分享软件,也算是国际摄影社交圈的Instgram无法访问。祝贺Facebook、Twitter、Youtube、Line和Snapchat的社交大家庭中又添新丁!住在天朝真是'''亚克西'''啊,真想生活在《新闻联播》里![[https://freeweibo.com/weibo/3760104090505952 '''Chinese''']] </blockquote>
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[[Category:Grass-Mud Horse Lexicon]][[Category:Grass-Mud Horse Ecosystem]]

Latest revision as of 04:15, 16 March 2016

yǎkèxī 亚克蜥

The CCP’s policies are yaxshi. (Source: Nie Bozi 聂波子)

A mythical creature derived from the Uyghur-language word yaxshi (ياخشى‎), meaning “good,” and transliterated into Chinese as yǎkèxī 亚克西 . The word rose to fame after the CCTV 2010 Spring Festival Gala segment “The Party’s Policies are Yaxshi,” in which dancers in traditional Uyghur dress praised the Communist Party, a great irony in light of the inter-ethnic riots in Xinjiang the summer before. Netizens then began using the word to mock the absurdity of the state propaganda and to to sardonically praise policies in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region.

The yax lizard was dubbed by netizens as “the first mythical creature of 2010,” joining the grass-mud horse and the river crab in the pantheon of mythical creatures.

Note: The Uyghurs are a majority-Muslim Turkic people and the titular nationality of the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region.

Examples:

Ast丶ro ( @Ast丶ro ):Since yesterday afternoon, the famous photo-sharing software—in fact the international social media for photography—Instagram, has been blocked. Congratulations on having a new member in the social media family along with Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, Line and Snapchat! It's really Yakexi to live in the Celestial Empire, and how I wish I could live in the "CCTV News Simulcast!" (September 29, 2014)

从昨天(28日)下午开始,著名照片分享软件,也算是国际摄影社交圈的Instgram无法访问。祝贺Facebook、Twitter、Youtube、Line和Snapchat的社交大家庭中又添新丁!住在天朝真是亚克西啊,真想生活在《新闻联播》里![Chinese]