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The Evolution of Meme Beasts on Chinese Internet


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Fangxing Huang

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The Evolution of Meme Beasts on Chinese Internet

  2. 2. 《施氏食獅史》 石室詩士施氏,嗜獅,誓食十獅。 氏時時適市視獅。 十時,適十獅適市。 是時,適施氏適市。 氏視是十獅,恃矢勢,使是十獅逝世。 氏拾是十獅屍,適石室。 石室濕,氏使侍拭石室。 石室拭,氏始試食是十獅。 食時,始識是十獅屍,實十石獅屍。 試釋是事。 “Shi shi shi shi shi” Shíshì shīshì Shī Shì, shì shī, shì shí shí shī. Shì shíshí shì shì shì shī. Shí shí, shì shí shī shì shì. Shì shí, shì Shī Shì shì shì. Shì shì shì shí shī, shì shǐ shì, shǐ shì shí shī shì shì. Shì shí shì shí shī shī, shì shí shì. Shíshì shī, Shì shǐ shì shì shí shì. Shíshì shì, Shì shǐ shì shí shì shí shī. Shí shí, shǐ shí shì shí shī shī, shí shí shí shī shī. Shì shì shì shì. Form Tones Puns
  3. 3. Cultural Linguistic Primordial Soup
  4. 4. Chinese internet = State of Nature A taste of freedom CCP censors
  5. 5. Victims of censorship
  6. 6. River Crab: tyrannical pun
  7. 7. A taste for complexity: better than Cumberbitches Modern day pop star Ancient poet circa 365 AD
  8. 8. Survival comes in infinite forms
  9. 9. #🍚🐰#Metoo #我也是 #米兔
  10. 10. All the possibilities Me too  mi tu 97 x mi, 34 x tu = 3,298 possible unique combinations Alternatives 秘屠 (secret massacre) 密凸 (secret rising) 迷兔 (confused rabbit) 迷土 (confused land) 蜜兔 (honey rabbit) 米吐 (spitting rice)
  11. 11. Rabbit Idealism Purity Femininity Protector of the weak Ballad of Mulan
  12. 12. Rice
  13. 13. 🍚🐰 Rice Bunny Feminine individuals that stand for a universal necessity fundamental to every (Chinese) individual
  14. 14. Sinofication = Survival Memebeasts evolve to live Expect complexity