Pronounced: bèi
Meaning: [indicates passive clause — examples]
Also means: was chosen as the most popular online character for 2009. It became a satirical joke, often dark, expressing the way Mainlanders have things done to/for them without choice. One well-known example is the phrase “be suicided”, which became popular when authorities declared an obvious murder to be a suicide and the story spread online. This translation of a Xinhua article describes the many ways 被 applies to modern Mainland life and why this character expresses the frustrations of China’s (online) citizens: Living in an Era of Change – Era of Acceptance