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A Beijing Love Song by Feichang Fresh [Youtube]

A Beijing Love Song – Feichang Fresh, Pu Che, Wei Xiang & Jin Kun Run –
Gei Bei Jing De Qing Ge

This is not by any stretch representative about how everyone feels about Beijing. But this tiny glimpse into how some overseas students in Beijing feel about their stay in the Chinese capital has caught attention in China. The rap, entitled ‘A Beijing Love Song’ caught the eye of the Chinese public when it was broadcast on CCTV. In this instance the group Feichang Fresh (translates to Very Fresh) was started by a German student studying Mandarin in China. This song on their page on Youku has had in excess of 450,000 views, 1529 comments and 1324 favourites.

More evidence of cross-pollination which personally brings a smile. The paradigms of East versus West are certainly not as distinct here; a kind of intercultural ‘osmosis’ is evident in a tongue and cheek way! Western-styled dress, Chinese flags, and a crew of non-Chinese rapping in Mandarin with a sprinkling of English. Now this is a sprinkling of cultural evidence of a harmonious re-ascension. If youths from both sides of the antiquated imaginary line can get along, share a language and like each other, surely it is a start.

And the lyrics here –
We’re back
Extremely extremely extremely fresh
Everyone put up your hands
Are you ready?

Every morning I wake up to your voices
I’m full of excitement towards this city
Beijing’s spirit and atmosphere is difficult to describe in words
I will always remember you, please don’t forget me

Yangrouchuanr [lamb skewer/kebab] is my old companion
I chat with beautiful women every day
Peking Duck, let’s have one more piece
I especially like the Beijing dialect/accent

Chaoyang District, you are the most niubi
Haidian District, I want to learn more about you
The big secret between us
I think you are so amazing


Every day attending class in the university
Riding bicycles no matter where I go
Yanjing Beer is the best
My life here is very happy

At Houhai, I have a lot of fun
At the Beijing Workers Stadium we are all flying
Pretty girls think I am extremely handsome
I really can’t bear to leave


First, second, third ring, no matter where you are
一块唱这首歌 (大省点儿)
Let’s all sing this song (Louder)
Fourth, fifth, sixth ring, no matter where you are
一块唱这着歌 (我听不见)
Let’s all sing this song


(Lyrics from China Smack 2011)


Filed under: China Smack, Culture, Domestic Growth, Education, Lifestyle, Media, People, Social, The Chinese Identity, The construction of Chinese and Non-Chinese identities, Youtube

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