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Well, something to cheer up. This is the song released for 100 day countdown to Beijing Olympics, sung by 100 Chinese singers/entertainers. Though the MV is busy giving every participant a front shot, it also contains rich elements of Chinese traditional culture, such as calligraphy, architecture, costume, custom, food, entertainment, art etc., many of which are just subtle indications or a quick 1-second glance. Those who are interested in Chinese traditional culture can try to make a list of them, or even write something about them in the feedback:-)
Below is the translated lyrics of the song, courtesy of hermitcarp from youtube.
Title: Beijing welcomes you
Bring in a fresh day with brand new start
Changes abound but love is constant
Aroma of friendship we offer with tea
The doors to my house are always open
My arms stretched out awaiting you
With an embrace we will better understand each other
You will fall in love with this place.
It matters not you are from near or afar
Be our guest and make yourself home
We have a rendez-vous. We welcome you!
The evergreens in my garden broom legend after legend
Seeds planted on traditional soil
Let your memories grow.
The strangers and the well-acquainted, drop your guard
Whether this is your first visit or one of many,
We will have so much to share.
Beijing welcomes you!
Expand your horizons
Bedazzled by the energies of athletic feat
Beijing welcomes you!
Let us breathe together under the sunny sky
And shatter old records on this yellow earth
The doors to my house are always open
As my heart and mind
The ancient years now bloom in youthful smiles
Ready for this day.
Between the vast heaven and earth we are all friends,
Please do not be shy
Come meet our poetry, our art, and our genuine hearts.
Beijing welcomes you!
Its music will move you!
Cheer us on journeys to transcend ourselves
Beijing welcomes you!
With a dream anyone could be a giant
With courage we will find miracles!
Watching the unfolding of the recent counter-protests by the oversea Chinese against the Lhasa massacre that more than 19 people were killed by the Tibetan terrorists and their plan to disrupt the Olympic torch rally, and to support the Beijing Olympics, I am excited, with caution however. I, being accustomed to the western culture and way of thinking, know what is coming.
Sure enough, barely recovered from the shock of seeing so many Chinese outside of China all at once, some started to smear the oversea Chinese from every angle possible. One particular type of attack caught my attention, not because it’s nasty or original, but because we all have seen it in action before.
You might be among the 1% of westerners who still remember the demonstration by the illegal Hispanic immigrants in the US against the increasing hostilities and prosecution against them last year. Do you happen to remember what kinds of criticism were mounted against them? One of them, interestingly enough, is exactly what we are seeing today, accusing them being ungrateful guests.
TV pundits pounded on the fact that they didn’t see enough American flags being waved by the protesters. Another evidence they cited is an old soccer match between US and Mexico held in Los Angeles that majority of the Hispanic fans supported the Mexico national team. The Hispanic activists started urging their communities to use both American and Latin American flags in their future protests in order to avoid being called “ungrateful” again, and they did.
Did it work? Well, sort of. Nobody mentioned the lack of American flags and that soccer match anymore, but the game of blaming everything on the illegal immigrants had since become the most favorite national past time. Jobs being lost, health care going downhill, crime rate shooting up, and even some environmental problems became the faults of the illegal Hispanic immigrants. I kid you not, go back and look at the taps, and you will realize just how creative some can be.
This time, however, things are a little different. (Please take some time to understand the sarcasms in the following) We don’t stand on street corners waiting for a day job, we stay in the classrooms and offices. We don’t deplete the public funding for emergency services, we pay our own share in tax and health insurance. We don’t do crimes, we work hard to raise our families. We don’t have noisy parties that cops have to come three times, we remain quite even in our own homes. We don’t ask for bilingual education, our kids are doing just great as is.
Can you say model guests or citizens? Well, at least before March of 2008?
Let’s parse what happened since March, shall we? Those “peaceful” protestors went on a rampage on the streets of Lhasa, the capital of Tibetan Autonomous Region (TAR) of China, once filled with shoppers and tourists from all over the world, resulting in hundreds of shops, hospitals, schools burned, and 19 innocent civilians killed or burnt to death.
We didn’t ask you to feel the same way as we do, but we did hope you can understand our anger, just as we understood yours after 911. We didn’t ask you to be on our side, but we did hope you can stop demonizing China by manipulating the pictures and footages. We didn’t ask you to accept the stories of our side, but we did hope you stop repeating the lies of Dalai Lama and his followers. We didn’t ask you to stop believing what you believe, but we did hope you give us the same respect without labeling anyone as being brainwashed. We didn’t ask you not to support the exiled Tibetans and even their actions to disrupt the torch rally, but we did hope you could accept the fact that we care enough and we want to show our support for 2008 Beijing Olympics. And finally, we didn’t ask your politicians not to do what they do best, pandering to their constituency, but we did hope you could therefore understand our outrage toward their actions.
So, after all the pleas went unanswered, hundreds of thousands of oversea Chinese went on to the streets and for the very first time, we shown the world what we can do united. Let me, and in no way I am the first one or the only one, admit that a minority of the Chinese did cross the line and had physical confrontation with the other side, and a few even went so far to attack the personal characters of a Duke freshman from China who has different ideas on how to resolve the Tibetan issue.
There you have it, most Chinese agree that we should have done better, but does the action of the few make us all ungrateful guests? What kind of guests are you when you are on our land then?
Your leaders came to our university campuses and gave speeches about freedom, democracy and human rights. That’s fine, that’s what they do. But, did they have to be so arrogant to lecture the citizens of a country with 5000 years of unbroken history? Did they have to be so arrogant to accuse China of everything and be so greedy to force the Chinese to buy their products? Did they have to be so arrogant to push your own beliefs and values on us? Do I have to refresh your minds on the days of your military rampaging on our home land? Are the civilized civilians from the west doing any better than those politicians? Do they have any respect toward the Chinese people? Do they have any respect toward Chinese culture? Now look in to the mirror and you know what I am talking about.
So, when your point your finger at us and calling us the ungrateful guests, didn’t you realize that you have four fingers pointing back at yourself? Have you been grateful guests on our land?
But, you are right. We really should have done better. Let me apologize on behalf of the few.
Furthermore, let me apologize to you that we did wake you up from your sweet dreams of the continued dominance of western culture, we did scare you with our numbers and strength, and we did interrupt your plan of another self-righteous China bashing. I do apologize on behalf of all Chinese people.
I also want to apologize that things are not going to be the same anymore. We are not going to return to be the silent ones, we are not going to return to be your punching bags, and we sure are not going to return to tolerate your ignorance, arrogance and constant insults. Again, I do apologize on behalf of all Chinese people.
But I will make you one promise. I promise that the Chinese are going to be more professional when playing your games. We will organize better when we feel strong enough to go back to the streets again, we will prepare better next time when we want to fight any unfair accusation, and we will make sure that we respect your right to free speech but we will let our voices heard loud and clear.
And, unless you are a good host and guest yourself, don’t expect us to do better. After all we are all human beings and we should be treated equal, right?
I am glad that we had this talk. Free exchange of ideas is fun, isn’t it?
New York – When the Olympics torch has finished the global relay and is scheduled to return to China on May 4th, New York residents decide to rally to show their support for the games. According to a document from New York police, thousands of people are going to gather at Foley Square this coming Sunday to cheer Olympics.
The theme of rally, according to the coordinators, is going to be “Peace and Olympics”. A post from the official homepage of the rally says “Sport is sport. No politics”.
Apparently, many people have been turned away by the month-long political farce surrounding the Olympics torch: Tibetans in exile seeking the opportunity to voice their political stipulates; the Paris city hall indulging violence toward torch bearers; the Western media questioned for their sided stance in reporting the Tibet issue. For the first time in decades the hype surrounding the Olympics is not regarding the torch or the games, but the geopolitical battle involving some of the world’s superpowers.
Now New York decides to ditch the politics and welcome the Olympic spirit. Or at least thousands of the New Yorkers do. So far more than two thousand people have responded to the rally, according to the coordinators. 1200 people have registered with the rally’s Facebook group. All these people, a lot of them of Chinese background, are going to appear in the May 4th rally. Speeches, balloons, songs, souvenirs will be available, according to sources.
The rally is completely non-political, initiated by individuals without political background, sources say. All organizing work was done by Internet posts and mailing lists.
As of Apr 29th the Olympics torch has traveled 19 cities around the globe. At the first two stops the torch was ambushed by professional and well prepared protest groups, and their hired mercenaries. In all of the following relays Beijing supporters outnumbered protesters.
Thanks to Jean-Luc Melenchon, and thanks to the anonymous guy who translated and added English caption for this TV clip.
Here is another one but only in Chinese caption. But if you could understand French without any problem, please take a look at this video clip too. We will try our best to translate and add an English caption to this TV clip ASAP.
I don’t want to make any more comments. Just a friendly reminder that please at least try to finish watching those two video clips if you can understand them. Please don’t take it granted that those video clips are not related to you just because you have different nationalities except French. Thank you.
Thank you so much for the support. Gracias Argentina! Much obliged, Celine Dion!
Breaking News: CNN European Evening News anchor Becky Anderson on April 12, 2008:
We were promised a big surprise (by the Tibetan in exile) but it did not realize.
Can we tell how disappointed she was? I am talking about Argentina, you know, Madonna sang “don’t cry for me, Argentina”? Yeah, it’s a country, a democratic one as a matter of fact. During the 2008 Beijing Olympic torch rally in Buenos Aires, the fine people of Argentina showing their love for the Olympics and China: