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This Song Describes Young People’s Uncomfortable Chinese New Year Experience

A new song is going viral describing the pressure experienced by young people who are bombarded with nagging questions by their families.

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As Chinese New Year is just around the corner, a new song is going viral on Chinese social media. It describes the pressure experienced by young people who are bombarded with nagging questions by their family and relatives when they come home for Spring Festival.

Remember the song So Far, the Sofa is so Far, the 2016 Chinese internet hit that vividly depicted the lives of overworked young people?

This time, composer Jin Chengzhi (金承志) and his choir The Rainbow Chamber Singers (上海彩虹合唱团) have once again won the hearts of Chinese netizens with their new hit What I Do Is For Your Own Good (春节自救指南,literally: The Spring Festival Survival Toolkit).

What I Do Is For Your Own Good describes how young people who visit their family during the Chinese New Year get bombarded with awkward questions, mean remarks and “kind” advice by their parents and relatives.

 

“Surviving the Chinese New Year with a little love, some smart tactics and, of course, a good game of Mahjong.”

 

The song consists of five parts as is shown in its official video clip: it starts with a gloomy d-minor prelude, setting a sad atmosphere, in which a man holds a sign saying: “You never know what difficult questions your parents and relatives might bring up when you go back home.”

The start of the clip: what happens when a young man returns home for Chinese New Year.

The choir then illustrates what actually happens when China’s young people arrive home for Spring Festival; they are immediately bombarded with the “care” from their family and relatives, who say things such as “I will bring you to a blind date tomorrow,” “Hurry to lose some weight!”, or “How much is your salary?, “Do you want to come work in my company?”

A member of the choir plays a relative who asks nagging questions.

The scene is followed by a melodic fragment where all ‘relatives’ sing with much emotion: “What we do is for your own good.”

The song then describes how the grass is always greener on the other side when the successful neighbor Senior Wang walks in the door together with his equally successful son Junior Wang.

While the Wangs boast about their wealth, the family reminds their child that they are “miles behind.”

At this point, the mood becomes gloomier. The key changes to minor as the ‘family’ becomes solemnly persuasive, singing: “Come home to work”, “Why can’t you just get a stable 9 to 5 job?”

These suggestions soon change into harsh criticism: “You are so childish!” “Why don’t you quit that Bohemian lifestyle of yours?”

Finally, the song illustrates how the young people fight back. Accompanied by the bright tune of a solo trumpet, they sing that they could never give up on their dreams to become the kind of person they hate.

In the end, the song suggests that there is a positive solution: do not compare yourself with others, but fight for your own future.

As for surviving the Chinese New Year, the focus should be on the family reunion rather than disagreements – with a little love, some smart tactics and, of course, a good game of Mahjong, one should be able to survive the Spring Festival.

 

“Bringing home a rented boyfriend is one way to stop the endless questions from your family during the Chinese New Year.”

 

By now, the video of What I do is for Your Own Good has received over 1 million likes, forwards and comments under the Rainbow Chamber Singers’ Sina Weibo account (@上海彩虹合唱团) alone. It also ranks second on Sina Weibo’s Asian New Release list.

The popularity of this song suggests that its theme of the uncomfortable Chinese New Year experience resonates with many netizens.

As a major family event, the Chinese New Year is a time of reunion when existing generational gaps become especially explicit.

For the parent generation, the standard of a “good life” is: married with a kid, have a job with a good salary, be well-respected in other people’s eyes, etc. For many parents, it is very important that their children get settled and start leading this “good life” as soon as possible.

But the younger generations have grown up in a different world with more possibilities that their parents had. Marriage, children, and a ‘respectable’ job might not be their top priority anymore.

This sharp gap between the older and younger generation’s vision of life has been a source of inspiration for popular culture over the recent years.

Skin care brand’s SKII’s marketing campaign last year, for example, addressed the issue of China’s “leftover women.” Whereas parents believe girls should “marry well”, many young women today value their own independence and happiness more.

For those who would rather avoid their family’s questions on why they are not settling down, there is a booming business of boyfriend/girlfriend rental services. Bringing home a rented boyfriend is one way to stop the endless questions from your family during the Chinese New Year.

To show their strong identification with this new hit, many netizens suggest that it should be included during the CCTV Spring Festival Gala. One netizen writes: “If this song is not suitable for the gala, then I don’t know what is.”

-By Diandian Guo
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Diandian Guo is a China-born Master student of transdisciplinary and global society, politics & culture at the University of Groningen with a special interest for new media in China. She has a BA in International Relations from Beijing Foreign Language University, and is specialized in China's cultural memory.

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China’s Latest Online Viral Game Makes You Clap for Xi Jinping

Smart propaganda – now clapping for Xi Jinping has become a competition.

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In a new online game that has come out during the 19th National Congress in Beijing, Chinese netizens can compete in applauding for Xi Jinping. The game has become an online hit.

The major 19th CPC National Congress started on Wednesday in Beijing with a speech by Chinese President Xi Jinping that took nearly 3,5 hours.

The speech, that focused on China’s future and its rise in the world today, was repeatedly paused for the appropriate applause from the party members in the audience.

With the introduction of a new game by Tencent, people can now also clap along to Xi Jinping’s speech from their own living room. The game became an online hit on October 18. It was already played over 400 million times by 9 pm Beijing time.

The mobile game can be opened through a link that takes you to a short segment of the lengthy speech by Xi Jinping. In the short segment, President Xi mentions that it is the mission of the Communist Party of China to strive for the happiness and the rise of the Chinese people.

The app then allows you “clap” for Xi by tapping the screen of your phone as many times as you can within a time frame of 18 seconds. After completing, you can invite your friends to play along and compete with them.

The game has become especially popular on WeChat, where some users boast that they have scored a ‘clap rate’ of 1695.

If you’re up to it, you can try to clap as much as you can for Xi Jinping here (mobile only).
(Update Friday, October 20: the game link now redirects to the Tencent News site themed around the 19th Party Congress through desktop. On mobile, the game still works, and has been played over 1,2 billion times.)

With a score of 1818 you’re better than 99% of all players.

By Manya Koetse and Diandian Guo

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Weibo Servers Down After Lu Han Announces New Relationship

A Chinese celebrity’s relationship announcement led to a rare breakdown of Weibo’s servers on Sunday.

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A Chinese celebrity’s relationship announcement led to a rare breakdown of Weibo’s servers on Sunday. So many fans commented on Lu Han’s new love affair that the social media platform was inaccessible for two hours.

“Hi everyone, I want to introduce my girlfriend @GuanXiaoTong to you.” It was this one-sentence message that set Weibo on fire on Sunday, October 8.

The message was posted by Chinese singer and actor Lu Han (鹿晗 1990), who is one of the most popular celebrities on Weibo. Lu currently has 41.2 million followers on his official Weibo account (@M鹿M).

The singer previously had 43 million fans on Weibo, but lost many followers after his relationship announcement. Many fans did not like the idea that their favorite star is no longer single. Lu was formerly a member of the South Korean-Chinese boy group EXO and its sub-group EXO-M.

So many people responded to the news of Lu Han’s new girlfriend that some servers of Sina Weibo experienced a rare breakdown. Chinese media report that, according to a statement released by a Weibo Data Assistant, the two-hour network crash was the result of a data surge caused by fans commenting, sharing and liking Lu Han’s update.

By Monday, the public announcement had received 2,4 million comments and nearly 5 million likes.

Guan Xiaotong (关晓彤) is Lu Han’s new girlfriend – and everybody knows it.

Guan Xiaotong is a Chinese actress with more than 20 million fans on her Weibo page.

It is not the first time that a public announcement by a Chinese celebrity causes so much consternation on Weibo. In 2016, Chinese actor Wang Baoqiang announced that he would divorce his wife Ma Rong after she had a secret affair with his own agent. That post became one of the top-trending topics of the year.

A day after Lu Han’s revelation, searches for his name on the Weibo platform were limited and only showed a “we can not display any results for this search” announcement.

By Manya Koetse

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