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Song of Qin

Recently the last of 4 Qin epics were downloaded and available on YouTube. It consist of 78 episodes of approximately 45 minutes each, with subtitles in Chinese, English, and other languages. Initially it was quite popular with a 9 rating in China, but gradually decline to around 7 with most of the criticism on the actor playing Qin emperor having to play him from age of 13 through adult life. For anyone interested in China or try to understand China, those epics are a must seen to understand Chinese history, values, and philosophy.
Obviously the timing of the release coincide with the push for unification of Taiwan as the subject is the unification after 500 years of feudal warfare after Chou dynasty. Yet one can learn quite a lot contemporarily from those historical drama, and even draw parallel for today. I like to point to episodes 40-42 on the expulsion of foreign officials from Qin. After crushing of rebellion and Qin Cheng came of age and assume power, the clan Qin elders threaten mass suicide by self immolation because they felt reward and punishment were unequally distributed with foreigners getting major government plum jobs. Qin Cheng acceded to their demand and giving a royal proclamation expelling all foreigners from office while secretly detain them at the border. Meanwhile Qin clan members were appointed office jobs which they were unable to handle and caused mass confusion and damage. Qin Cheng showed the merit and ability are the cornerstone on building up the country rather than connection or nepotism.
Today we have China opening up to experts and companies around the world and even offer green cards and citizenships, which also generate some opposition on high paying jobs going to returning students and foreigners. While in U.S. President Trump going MAGA wants to limit Chinese students and researchers on their visa applications. I think the result will be the loss of expertise and benefit China greatly.
I will not comment on the artistic merit of the show, but I do think Chinese should know her history, and linguistically it benefit me greatly and I highly recommend it.

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  1. johndoe
    December 25th, 2020 at 03:29 | #1

    youtube link?

  2. Ngok Ming Cheung
    December 25th, 2020 at 05:32 | #2

    大秦赋, Qin epic

  3. Ngok Ming Cheung
    December 25th, 2020 at 06:42 | #3

    The main fallacy of western China experts or even liberal Chinese adherents are they view Chinese leadership or Xi as just someone with absolute power as megalomaniac doing power trip. This epic shows the emperor does not have absolute power. He has to deal with special interests or power blocks, public opinions, and even morality. He has to do things within the limits of Qin laws and history even when he tried to remake history. I gave an example when I refuted on comment to an article by an Chinese American woman in New York Times about China. Xi took 6 years since his ascension of power as General Secretary to remove the party secretary of Xian and Shaanxi for corruption, be able to demolish mansions on mountains south of Xian in national park after annually sending work groups or calling for rectification against corruption. Yet they consider his removal of term limit even when he’s still in his second term as a power grab for lifetime job. Meanwhile we saw the damages Trump did with his slow moving coup, pardons, and other corruptions, with the liberals bemoaning so call loss of liberty in Hong Kong and helplessly watching their dear constitution being shredded.

  4. Ulf
    December 26th, 2020 at 06:07 | #4

    Thank you! Really great!

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