Rhymes against the State

…shùn kÇ’u liÅ« (顺口溜) “or “slippery jingles” … are invariably satirical, and corruption is the most common target of their biting wit. The ditties are passed around by word of mouth (or, more recently, through text messages) and, like jokes in the West, are of unknown authorship. Uncensored and uncensorable, they are the freest and arguably the liveliest medium in China.” Includes some translated examples.

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