Tuesday, May 06, 2008

L' Internationale inspired Chinese Revolution

In New China, no Western song is more well-known, popular and most sung than L' Internationale which came from Franch via Russia. Many of the martyrs of the Chinese Revolution sang L' Internationale as the last gesture of their defiance at the gallows and execution fields from 1920s to 1949. L' Internationale is still being sung with passions and pride as a tribute to martyrs, forerunners and friends of the Chinese Revolution from 1921 to 1949 like Dr. Bethune and Dr. Kotnis. There are also the rock-and-roll and karaoke rendetions of L' Internationale in China nowadays that appeals to the younger generations of people whose preference for art-forms may not be in sync with their elderly and middle-aged compatriots although they share the same passions.

Revolutionary martyrs in China multinational

5 Comments:

Blogger kittykat46 said...

Karaoke version of The Internationale, ah.

Haven't heard that before. Have to ask about that one next time I'm in China.
Paris was (still is in a way) a hotbed for revolutionaries - many other types apart from Communism - no surprise that the unofficial 'anthem' came out of France.

10:19 PM  
Blogger James Wong Wing-On said...

US was also born in an anti-British revolutionary war. Isn't true ?

10:32 PM  
Blogger James Wong Wing-On said...

... and most of the americans still know how to sing The Battle Hymn of The Republic. Is there any Karaoke and rock-and-roll version of The Battle Hymn of The Republic ?

10:35 PM  
Blogger kittykat46 said...

The American Revolution got sidetracked into Dollars, Oil and Global Power a long time ago.

There's just a faint echo of it left in the Declaration of Independence and Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address.

Its seems, the US Embassy in Malaya once put out a Mandarin version of their Declaration of Independence and the Special Branch confisticated copies of it and arrested the person distributing it - it sounded a lot like subversive publication.

This was during the bad old days of the "Emergency".

It was quite embarassing to the Government when someone correctly pointed out it was just a translation of the old and much respected American document.

1:56 AM  
Blogger James Wong Wing-On said...

Interesting news to me.

4:42 AM  

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