Wednesday, January 19, 2011

How Do You Say "Irony" In Chinese?

"How Mao killed Chinese humor ... and how the Internet is slowly bringing it back again," explained by Eric Abrahamsen — Irony Is Good!

The best example in the article comes not from the Internet era but from Wang Shuo's 1989 novel Please Don't Call Me Human, called "a bitter satire on the worthlessness of the individual in the eyes of the totalitarian state," in which "a local functionary receives a higher-up with a litany of ritual praise that begins with absurdity and ends in collapse: 'Respected wise dear teacher leader helmsman pathfinder vanguard pioneer designer bright light torch devil-deflecting mirror dog-beating stick dad mum grandad grandma old ancestor primal ape Supreme Deity Jade Emperor Guanyin Bodhisattva commander-in-chief....'"

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