Bei cha ching

It appears that the Beijing Olympics will be attaching ribbons to toonies and giving these out in lieu of traditional medals.

Eight-year-old Aerfa made these herself.

If you're thinking, man, Aerfa doesn't sound like a Chinese (Han) name, you're right. The article says she's from XinJiang "autonomous" region, a.k.a East Turkestan. That likely makes her an Uyghur. While you'll never see the Beastie Boys at a Free Uyghurstan concert, they likely have just as legitimate a claim to self-rule as the more cute and fuzzy Tibetans.

But don't say that while visiting Beijing for the Olympics.

In case you've ever wondered, the J in Beijing is hard, like the j in jack, not the j in j'accuse. No real clue how to pronounce Uyghur, but maybe it sounds like a Jew meeting a bear?

Posted by Bryan on March 28, 2007 with category tags of

Uyghur (wee-grrr). And neither the English Beijing nor the French Peking bear more than a passing resemblance to the cities actual Chinese name.
   comment by stretch (#87) on March 28, 2007

So it's like a Little Bear?
   comment by Mirzipan (#99) on March 28, 2007

That's how I'll remember it from now on: little bear.

Also, Beijing sounds just like Beijing in Mandarin + some tonal action. I don't know what kind of Chinese speakers you've been hanging around, stretch!
   comment by Bryan (#22) on March 28, 2007

I pronounce Cuba as Cooba, Germany as Deutschland, and Israel as Palestine. Anyone who disagrees is INCORRECT AND EVIL!
   comment by Alex (#118) on March 29, 2007

I don't know what kind of Cuban, Dutch and Palestinian speakers you've been hanging around either, Alex!
   comment by Bryan (#22) on March 29, 2007

Someone once called me a Uyghur when I tried rapping.

   comment by anonymous on March 29, 2007

I pronounce Bryan as JERKSTORE.
   comment by Alex (#118) on March 29, 2007

I called and I'm running out of Alex!
   comment by Bryan (#22) on March 29, 2007

Some of us are going to a Uyghur restaurant tonight. I'm super uyghur to try the lamb. On second thought, I may order the small bear.
   comment by Bryan (#22) on April 23, 2007


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