Yo, 朋友們! Are you ready for another Chinese Language meetup? Yeah you are! So come on over to Oasis in the ***University District*** Monday at 7 and get ready to 講 some 中文!
All levels are welcome and encouraged to attend! Feel free to strike up a conversation about whatever you'd like, but in case you're at a loss for things to say, we have a totally optional very special theme™ this week:
Memes! ("網路爆紅", for "internet memes" and "表情包" for "Chinese memes". See also 模因 for the more general concept). They're those funny and/or annoying internet inside jokes that spread like wildfire, and if you're not up on the latest memes and internet trends you'll have no idea what half of what the youngins these days are doing.
We can chat in Chinese about your favourite English memes, like the classic series of "Success kid" memes describing minor life victories:
Fun fact: the kid in this photo is not actually doing a victorious fist-pump, but is in fact about to eat a fistful of sand.
We can also ask and answer the burning question on everyone's minds: What kinds of memes were super-popular in China and Taiwan? There's the infamous "I would rather cry in a BMW than smile on a bicycle" (宁在宝马车里哭，也不在自行车上笑) from the Chinese dating game show 非诚勿扰 (English title: "If you are the one"; literal translation: 'If not sincere, don't disturb'), the now-classic "grass mud horse", and many others on this wikipedia list (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Internet_phenomena_in_China) that are ripe for discussion!
We can also discuss an event which is apparently an actual thing that happened called the 2016 Chinese Memes War On Facebook (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2016_Chinese_memes_war_on_Facebook), in which netizens from China bombarded the Facebook pages of "Taiwan president-elect Tsai Ing-wen (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tsai_Ing-wen), Apple Daily (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apple_Daily) (蘋果日報) and SET News (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SET_News) (三立新聞) with pro-China messages protesting against the Taiwan independence movement (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taiwan_independence_movement)," in response to a 17 year old Taiwanese K-pop star waving the Taiwanese flag on television.
[Side notes: if you google "Chinese memes", the top image results you get will be a lot of racist jokes. A few entrees in the wikipedia list of Chinese memes linked above also have some potentially racist connotations. So just be aware of that.]
So, get pumped up to discuss, all, some, or none of these things on Monday! As a last bonus, Alison主席 informs me that Monday is the birthday of Canada's darling Carly Rae Jepsen, so in honour of her and internet memes, here's a Chinese cover of "Call me maybe." (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=grWp1KzmTYM)
See you all Monday!