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Watch: Yunnan Slang Fresh from the Borderlands

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Slang Dynasty is a series that unpacks the wide world of Chinese regional slang, internet colloquialisms, and assorted street-level jargon.

Today on Slang Dynasty, we have Yunnan native Niu Yun, bringing us a useful and flexible phrase, which basically translates to “cool” or “dope.”

Yunnan is a province at the border where China meets Thailand. It’s famous for its flavorful, Southeast Asian-style food, and colorful ethnic minority clothing, among other things — two items that are definitely ba zha.

Find more Slang Dynasty episodes right here and watch our feature with Niu Yun to learn more about her journey of culture, food, and DJing.

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