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[[File:yakexi poster.jpg|250px|thumb|left|Poster for a Uyghur performance entitled “Yaxshi.”]]
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[[File:yakexi poster.jpg|250px|thumb|left|''Poster for a Uyghur performance entitled “Yaxshi.”'']]
[[File:yakexi.jpg|250px|thumb|left|Yax Lizard as a Komodo dragon.]]
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[[File:yakexi.jpg|250px|thumb|left|''Yax lizard as a Komodo dragon.'']]
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!”)
 
  
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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The Yax Lizard was dubbed “the first mythical creature of 2010,” joining the [[grass-mud horse]] and the [[river crab]] in the [[Mahler Gobi]].
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“Yaxshi” (ياخشى‎) means “good” in the Uyghur language and is transliterated into Mandarin 亚克西 yǎkèxī. The [http://chinadigitaltimes.net/china/uyghur Uyghurs] are a majority Muslim Turkic people and the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Autonomous_entities_of_China#Legal_basis titular nationality] of the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region in China’s far west.
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The yax lizard rose to fame in the CCTV 2010 [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CCTV_New_Year%27s_Gala Spring Festival Gala], “The Party’s Policies are Yaxshi,” featured dancers adorned in traditional Uyghur dress praising 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. Han Chinese migrants to Xinjiang are often better able to find work and prosper in the region, leading to tension and sometimes violence.
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Before it rose to stardom, the yax lizard appeared earlier in other propaganda, such as this [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=409ehQ3HY4Q music video], where even “Xinjiang’s oil is yaxshi!”)
  
 
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Revision as of 19:02, 1 July 2013

亚克蜥 (yǎkèxī): yax lizard

Poster for a Uyghur performance entitled “Yaxshi.”
Yax lizard as a Komodo dragon.

The Yax Lizard was dubbed “the first mythical creature of 2010,” joining the grass-mud horse and the river crab in the Mahler Gobi.

“Yaxshi” (ياخشى‎) means “good” in the Uyghur language and is transliterated into Mandarin 亚克西 yǎkèxī. The Uyghurs are a majority Muslim Turkic people and the titular nationality of the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region in China’s far west.

The yax lizard rose to fame in the CCTV 2010 Spring Festival Gala, “The Party’s Policies are Yaxshi,” featured dancers adorned in traditional Uyghur dress praising the Communist Party, a great irony in light of the inter-ethnic riots in Xinjiang the summer before. Han Chinese migrants to Xinjiang are often better able to find work and prosper in the region, leading to tension and sometimes violence.

Before it rose to stardom, the yax lizard appeared earlier in other propaganda, such as this music video, where even “Xinjiang’s oil is yaxshi!”)