He Xie – Ai Weiwei

In He Xie, Ai metaphorically represents the restriction of individual expression and freedom of speech in Chinese society. He xie, literally “river crab,” also sounds like the word for “harmonious,” which is part of the Chinese Communist Party slogan “The realization of a harmonious society.”He xie has thus come to refer to online censorship and the restriction of individual freedom of expression in Chinese society.



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