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  • Gordon Dumoulin

'Sacred Beasts' and 'Involution'...

It is the time again to wrap up a year with lists of trends having made an impact on this year. It certainly does not feel to wrap up anything being in the middle of the pandemic but let's turn our heads a little anyway with these phrases and hashtags which were buzzing in China's social media in 2020.

"๐—ฆ๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐—•๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐˜€๐˜๐˜€" ็ฅžๅ…ฝ originally refers to mythological creatures in Chinese folklore such as dragons or phoenixes. Usually bringing good luck but some taming needs to be done. Parents started calling their kids "sacred beasts" early this year, as a term of both affection and frustration when whole families were staying at home earlier this year for longer time as schools and offices were closed due to the pandemic. No further explanation needed I guess :-)

"๐—œ๐—ป๐˜ƒ๐—ผ๐—น๐˜‚๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป" ๅ†…ๅท, referring to the anxiety of increasing labor pressure but at social stagnation. A picture of a man using his laptop at Tsinghua University became a hype on the internet this year, called 'the king of involution'.

Other 2020 Chinese buzzwords; People first, life first (ไบบๆฐ‘่‡ณไธŠ๏ผŒ็”Ÿๅ‘ฝ่‡ณไธŠ๏ผ‰, Heroes in harmโ€™s way (้€†่กŒ่€…๏ผ‰, Spirited (้ฃ’), Rising wave (ๅŽๆตช), Dual circulation (ๅŒๅพช็Žฏ), Versailles literature (ๅ‡กๅฐ”่ต›ๆ–‡ๅญฆ)

#china #chinesesociety #china2020

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