Examples: [Collected via Facebook, April 2014]
Origins: In March 2014, First Lady Michelle Obama traveled with her daughters and mother on a week-long vacation/goodwill visit to China, an event that proved to be tremendously popular to citizens of that nation:
It's probably not too far-fetched of a notion, according to Cheng Li, director of the
"This is really Michelle fever in China," he said.
Cheng said Obama and her family — her mother, Marian Robinson, and daughters, Malia and Sasha, traveled with her — showed respect for Chinese traditions and deftly weaved in diplomacy with lighter moments in a way that made the Chinese want to see what she was doing and where she was going.
The US first lady risked upsetting her hosts in Beijing by declaring access to information as a birthright. During a speech at Peking University's Stanford Centre, she called
The so-called "great firewall of China" blocks access to internet sites deemed sensitive, while a vast censorship machine swiftly deletes content considered objectionable. Twitter and Facebook are both blocked.
Obama told a crowd of about 200 students, most of whom were from the US: "It is so important for information and ideas to flow freely over the internet and through the media. My husband and I are on the receiving end of plenty of questioning and criticism from our media and our fellow citizens, and it's not always easy. But I wouldn't trade it for anything in the world."
She added: "When it comes to expressing yourself freely, and worshipping as you choose, and having open access to information — we believe those are universal rights that are the birthright of every person on this planet."
The First Lady swayed to the music, having earlier accepted an invitation to jump rope and tested out her shuttlecock-kicking skills.
Crowds three or four deep strained for a glimpse of the first family, according to a pool report.