爆料不孝女 (Expose: unfilial daughter / bào liào bùxiào nǚ ) and 爆料朱熹后人 竟是政协委员 (Expose: Zhu Xi’s descendants, turns out is a CPPCC committee member / bào liào Zhū Xī hòurén jìngshì zhèngxié wěiyuán) refer to Zhu Minhui (朱敏慧), former director of the Chinese Academy of Sciences Institute of Electronics and a CPPCC National Committee member. Apparently, some time in 2004, because of some rent or housing dispute (I can’t quite make heads or tails of the opening of the article), her parents, who lived in Shanghai, requested to move in with Zhu, who lived in Beijing. However, breaking with traditional Chinese values where children are morally responsible for caring for their parents until they die, she rejected their entreaty.
Zhu’s case was apparently even more scandalous not only because she was a government official, but also because she was a descendant of Zhu Xi, one of China’s most notable neo-Confucian scholars. The irony that an unfilial child would be related to a scholar of Confucianism, which holds as among its core beliefs the need for children to care for and respect their parents, was no doubt not lost on netizens.
These keywords aren’t blocked on Weibo nor is Zhu Minhui’s name, but apparently the censors have been busy elsewhere. A search for the title of an article “官场人、不孝女朱敏慧” (Government official, unfilial daughter Zhu Minhui) reveals a number of search results on Google, but when you click through, all of those posts have been deleted from their websites.
In a break from our usual series of highlighting words blocked from searching on Weibo, for the next two days I’ll be looking more deeply at the keywords on chat messenger app LINE’s “bad words” list. For more about this series, see this introductory post.