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【每日歌曲 720HD】”寒江雪” by 储兰兰 and 郑源

July 25th, 2011 3 comments

Some poetry buffs may want to offer a translation for the following song. My take is it is about ‘departure’ between a couple. The mood of it might resonate with some of you, perhaps over those who departed in the recent train crash and bus accident. The song is neat in combining modern pop and traditional Chinese opera. I have always appreciated Chinese artists who bridges the past with the new, linking the older generation with the young. (Another example here.)


(Tudou.com version)
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9-year-old Zhong Chenle (钟辰乐) sings “Memory” on China’s Got Talent

July 10th, 2011 1 comment

I dare say, I think I like the boy’s version more than Barbra Streisand’s. Zhong Chenle says he found the song on his own over the Internet, and his older brother taught him the lyrics.


(Tudou.com version)

Michael Jackson’s ‘Beat It,’ Mao style

June 21st, 2011 1 comment

Below is Michael Jackson’s “Beat It” dun over heavy editing of a Mao era musical – worth a few laughs I think.


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Triumph

June 10th, 2011 1 comment

Following is a story of triumph about 高逸峰 (Gao Yifeng) on the wildly popular “中国达人秀” (“China’s Got Talent”) show. According to the Baike page, Gao once owned a very large business. Through mismanagement, his company went bankrupt. He re-emerged into a much more modest endeavor. Below is my translation of his conversation with the judge before he performs, “从头再来.” This song is one of my favorite, and with Gao bearing his battle scar while performing it, I can see how he was able to move his audience to tears.

Judge: What are you performing?
Gao Yifeng: Sing a song
Judge: Where are you from?
Gao Yifeng: Anhui
Judge: How old are you?
Gao Yifeng: 49
Judge: Your hair is very special. It looks great. Did you color it or is it naturally that way?
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牧羊曲 by 张璐 (Zhang Lu) on 古筝 (Gu Zheng)

June 2nd, 2011 No comments

Remember “the Shaolin Temple” mega hit in 1982 starring Jet Li? Following is “牧羊曲” (“Mu Yang qu”) performed on a 古筝 (Gu Zheng) by 张璐 (Zhang Lu).


(Tudou.com version)

Tibet’s “天路” (“Heaven Road”)

April 30th, 2011 6 comments

The video below is about the 青藏铁路 (Qingzang railway) connecting Tibet Autonomous Region’s Lhasa and Qinghai Province’s Xining. Much of the 2000km railway is an engineering marvel. One, for it’s 5000 meter elevation and rough terrain and another for where the tracks have to work on top of permafrosts (where the ice could melt depending on the time of the year). It opened in 2006 connecting the autonomous region to the rest of China’s railway networks. Singers 阿兰达瓦卓玛 (Alan Dawa Dolma, or simply known as Alan or 阿兰) and 韩红 (Han Hong) performed “天路” (“Heaven Road”) in tribute to this important project that Dr. Sun Yat-sen had first proposed around the turn of the century.
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How to win the hearts and minds of 1.3 billion Chinese people

April 24th, 2011 5 comments

Serenade Chairman Mao and pay homage to the Communist Party as Nigerian born Uwechue Emmanuel (in Chinese, 郝歌 (Hao Ge)) managed to do on CCTV through popular Chinese song, “草原上升起不落的太阳.” Chinese people love their motherland and harmony. Intonation must be impeccable. Race is irrelevant.


(Tudou.com version here)

U.S. Ambassador Jon Huntsman caught on video teased by Chinese at “Jasmine Revolution” rally at Wangfujing

February 24th, 2011 24 comments

As you all already know, there were calls on Twitter few days ago asking Chinese citizens to protest and overthrow their government. (raventhorn2000 weighed in few posts ago.) One of the rallying locations was a McDonalds at Wangfujing in Beijing. The video below was taken by a Chinese citizen catching U.S. Ambassador Jon Huntsman at the scene. It’s pretty hilarious actually. A Chinese man asked him: “Hi Ambassador, what are you doing here?” Huntsman replies, “Just joining the fun.”

The Chinese man then teased, “you want chaos for China, don’t you?”




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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks Internet ‘freedom’

February 17th, 2011 50 comments

A lot has already been written in the Western media about the yesterday U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speech on Internet ‘freedom.’ In her speech, Clinton singled out China for being “repressive” on the Internet, and for that reason, the predictable narrative is out yet again: U.S. vs. ‘bad’ China, ‘bad’ China, or U.S. being too harsh to, still, a ‘bad’ China. This nonsense aside, I thought the speech was telling of a number of things.

First of all, don’t forget that the U.S. Department of State’s mission is to conduct U.S. foreign policies. In that sense, everything Clinton said were expected and predictable. The biggest give away is near the end of her speech where she said:
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2011年春节联欢晚会 “想家” by 西单女孩

February 5th, 2011 2 comments



(Tudou.com version)

2011年春节联欢晚会 – 难忘今宵 – 尾声

February 5th, 2011 1 comment



(Tudou.com version)

2011年春节联欢晚会 – 马铃响来玉鸟唱

February 5th, 2011 No comments


(Tudou.com version)

2011年春节联欢晚会 – “春天里” – 旭日阳刚组合

February 3rd, 2011 5 comments


(Tudou.com version)

230 million Chinese hitting the rails for Spring Festival

January 27th, 2011 2 comments

In celebration of the Chinese New Year (or the Spring Festival), 230 million people are expected to ride China’s rails. This is another illustration of a society on the move. Many have moved into cities and are now traveling back to their hometowns for this important family reunion. Given China’s sheer numbers, it is no wonder China is investing so heavily into train technology. I thought it was interesting a migrant worker saying he is willing to wait 40 hours to get a cheap ticket rather pay a high price ticket on a high-speed train. (See “Faster but costly, high-speed train sparks controversy.”) One thing for sure; for many travelers, the longest journey will be in line at the train station, and not on the train itself.



U.S. President Obama formally welcomes President Hu

January 19th, 2011 2 comments

This came directly from the U.S. White House blog. First thought that came to mind is we should avoid the media and go directly to the source more to get a more rational understanding of our world. Here is a formal take from the White house on the “U.S.-China Commercial Relations” and economic issues.


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China Showcase in Times Square

January 18th, 2011 9 comments



(Video of actual 60-second footage at qq.com here.)

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“南海姑娘” (“South China Sea Girl”)

January 10th, 2011 No comments

“南海姑娘” (“Girl from South China Sea”)
赵聪 (Zhao Cong) on 琵琶 (pipa)
秦万民 (Qin Wanmin) on 吉他 (guitar)



(Tudou.com version)

“Fragrance of Jasmine (茉莉芬芳),” a GuZheng solo (古筝独奏)

January 4th, 2011 No comments

Below is another take on the “茉莉花” (“Jasmine Flower”) melody which I made a post about roughly a year ago. This time it is based on a solo on the GuZheng (古筝).


(Tudou.com version here)

“中国之最” by 徐子巍 and 姚贝娜

December 19th, 2010 15 comments

徐子巍 and 姚贝娜 are incredible vocalists. I love their voices. Great looking duo too. Here, they sing “中国之最,” about various geographies making China special. How about that? China is able to cherish such things; why won’t the West reach within and find few things to celebrate? To me, this is a big cultural difference.


(tudou.com version)

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“家园” (“HOME”) by Yann Arthus-Bertrand

December 9th, 2010 2 comments

As 2010 is coming to a close, I thought about what some important messages we ought to remind ourselves of. Al Gore’s “Inconvenient Truth” was a great feature film which brought the message of preserving our planet Earth around the world. While we can sense a momentum of need to change, we are indeed still far from taking the drastic measures necessary to slow down the type of changes and degradation we are causing. In 2009, Yann Arthus-Bertrand made another feature film, “HOME” (or in Chinese, “家园”) that was simultaneously released around the world. Like before, it warns us of the alarming rate at which we are damaging this planet. This time, no graphs or charts; just real images. It also shows us great many examples where we are doing the right things to buttress the trend. The film tells us how we have come to where we are in relation to our environment. It is done with cinematography showing us how incredibly beautiful our home really is; one that we must renew, cherish, and protect.


(Youtube.com version in 720P if you are outside China)

大汗颂 (Great Khan) by 郭尔罗斯组合 (Gorlos Band)

November 28th, 2010 No comments

Below is a performance by the Gorlos Band (郭尔罗斯组合), entitled “Great Khan” (“大汗颂”), at a music competition carried on CCTV. There is a mixture of throat singing and the Mongolian morin khur. It’s a really neat composition to say the least. The thing that struck me while watching this video is the fact that China’s continued lifting of millions of people out of poverty means more people will be freed to pursue other activities like music and art. More Chinese becoming more affluent means there will be greater demand and thus market for things uniquely whatever China is a composite of. Mongolian, Tibetan, Han, or whatever the inspiration, we are certain to see the ongoing explosion of things to come that is of China.


(Tudou.com version if you are inside China)

柳叶湖美 (Beautiful Willow Lake) by 陈思思 (Chen Sisi)

November 23rd, 2010 No comments


(Youtube version if you are outside of China)

长沙两天建成15层新方舟旅店 – 15 Story Ark Hotel goes up in Two Days

November 13th, 2010 6 comments


(Youtube.com version if you are outside China)

This is a time-lapse of a 15-story Ark Hotel in 长沙 (Changsa) being built; 48 hours for the basic structure and another 90 hours for the walls and windows. It can withstand a Richter scale 9 earth quake. It was built using 6x less materials than a similar building. More details here.
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Next Media Animation:“US-Sino Currency Rap Battle”

November 10th, 2010 4 comments

I am in Japan for another day and then heading back to the U.S.. Next Media Animation based in Taiwan has produced this video about the supposed currency battle between the U.S. and China. To me, the real truth is really a battle between the USD and the world’s currencies – not just China’s. Anyways, I thought the video was entertaining nevertheless. I don’t agree with the simple USD and RMB fixation as is in the Western media. For example, when the Japanese government intervened to weaken the Yen since the U.S. has weakened the USD so much against it, the Japanese government was severely lashed by the U.S..

Japanese Coast Guard Diaoyutai or Senkaku Video Leaked

November 5th, 2010 22 comments

In Japan, there is a decent amount of buzz over the leaked Diaoyutai or Senkaku video taken by the Japanese coast guard. Here is Japan Time’s report (“China ‘concerned’ over YouTube video; Tokyo probes Senkaku ship collision upload“) and China’s reaction (“Video cannot conceal Japan’s illegal actions“).

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Surfing Tidal Bores in China

October 26th, 2010 2 comments

One of my surfing friends tipped me off to this recent surfing event in China. This is the first time I learned about the phenomenon of tidal bores. The Qiantang River appears to feature the biggest tidal bores in the world (up to a height of 9 meters or 30 feet!).

Seems pretty cool … at least from a distance…. Enjoy!

One Billion People on the Move

October 13th, 2010 No comments

About a year ago, I wrote, ““Father’s Prairie, Mother’s River” – the feelings of one billion people on the move.” I estimated China in few decades will have moved about one billion people from the country side into cities. Yes, that’s one billion people! This is a stressful but necessary transformation as China continues to industrialize. Below is that same video I used in the original post to help illustrate one of the feelings of this transformation – that of longing for childhood home (for lyric and meaning follow link to my original post):




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Armless Pianist Liu Wei, an inspiration for the world, wins ‘China’s Got Talent’

October 13th, 2010 1 comment

Few weeks ago I made a brief intro to armless pianist Liu Wei on “China’s Got Talent.” Liu Wei has now won. Lyndsey Parker has followed the competition, and here she continued her coverage, “Armless Pianist Liu Wei Wows & Wins On ‘China’s Got Talent’.”

And this past weekend, Liu won the entire competition with a tear-jerking and inspiring performance of James Blunt’s “You’re Beautiful”–complete with English-language singing–in front of a capacity audience at Shanghai Stadium.

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Top Ten Interesting Things about China from Yahoo Video

October 9th, 2010 1 comment
I have too many serious things in my mind.  So I decided to purge them by posting this funny (but not too slanderous) video from Yahoo about China (Taiwan not being shown as part of China can be interpreted as slanderous, but I won’t argue in this context).

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao interview by CNN’s Fareed Zakaria ignored by English ‘China’ blogs

October 5th, 2010 14 comments

Fareed Zakaria of CNN’s GPS recently interviewed Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao. It’s a great interview, and I am glad to learn that CNN agreed to not make commentary on what Premier Wen said. In exchange, CNN was given permission to ask whatever they wanted. Zakaria acknowledged “it was one of the most open and frank discussion he has ever seen with a Chinese leader.”


Here is the interview from tudou.com:
(Looks like I linked mistakenly to the 2008 interview on Tudou.com in my original post. Tudou still has the 2010 interview in fragments. Here is the correct interview video from CNN.com in its entirety.)

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