A Melodic Side Effect of Weakness

The Epoch Times: Chinese Pianist Plays Propaganda Tune at White House

Lang Lang the pianist says he chose it. Chairman Hu Jintao recognized it as soon as he heard it. Patriotic Chinese Internet users were delighted as soon as they saw the videos online. Early morning TV viewers in China knew it would be played an hour or two beforehand. At the White House State dinner on Jan. 19, about six minutes into his set, Lang Lang began tapping out a famous anti-American propaganda melody from the Korean War: the theme song to the movie “Battle on Shangganling Mountain.”

The film depicts a group of “People’s Volunteer Army” soldiers who are first hemmed in at Shanganling (or Triangle Hill) and then, when reinforcements arrive, take up their rifles and counterattack the U.S. military “jackals.”

The movie and the tune are widely known among Chinese, and the song has been a leading piece of anti-American propaganda by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) for decades. CCP propaganda has always referred to the Korean War as the “movement to resist America and help [North] Korea.” The message of the propaganda is that the United States is an enemy—in fighting in the Korean War the United States’ real goal was said to be to invade and conquer China. The victory at Triangle Hill was promoted as a victory over imperialists.

Amazing, and simply a side effect of our perceived weakness across the globe. Hu Jintao, his government and his people see in us a nation in decline, both in terms of financial power and in terms of influence. That a Chinese pianist played an anti-American song at a state dinner is evidence of that.

Seeing that the song tells the tale of victory against American imperialism, however, President Obama probably loved it when he heard it, and loved it even more after receiving the translation. In essence, it was a melodic bow to the scariest nation on Earth.

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  1. joetote says:

    You know, I was just thinking of that great Sinatra movie, The Manchurian Candidate. Doesn’t it seem like this bozo in the white house is acting exactly like what the Chinese were trying to implement in that movie? Seriously, it truly seems this President is hell bent to deliver us to the Red Chinese and the rest of the Marxist Socialists. Watch the movie and you’ll see what I mean.

  2. Boston Blackie says:

    Rumor has it that is was personally requested by the first couple. It’s one of their favorites.

  3. Randy Wills says:

    Thanks, Jeff, for picking this up and bringing it to our attention. How in the world do you keep track of so much information?

    As to the essence of the article, I’m afraid that the average U.S. citizen is so consumed with his pursuit of the “American Dream”, which now consists primarily of “stuff” and sex, that he can’t be bothered by the subordinate position that we have let our national interests drift, vis a vis the Chinese.

    As one who has made some forty business trips to various parts of Asia, I can personally attest to the fact that this type of contemptuous behavior towards America and Americans is common fare in that part of the world. Yes, they want our technology and our business, but that’s all.

    The “Octopus of Asia” will engulf us if we don’t cut ourselves loose, the process of which will, of necessity, require a certain amount of self-dismemberment. Few have the fortitude to engage in that process – or even that discussion.

    Too bad for our children and grandchildren. I believe that it was Jim Rogers, an American expat in Singapore, who said on the Beck show, “the best thing for a parent to do is teach their children Mandarin”. What a wonderful prospect.

    Randy

  4. Boston Blackie says:

    “I believe that it was Jim Rogers, an American expat in Singapore, who said on the Beck show, “the best thing for a parent to do is teach their children Mandarin”. What a wonderful prospect.”

    The Obeymes are following his advice. Sasha is currently learning Mandarin and got to try out her language skills on the chairman.

  5. Ima SoBelle says:

    This is disgraceful. When I read the story this morning, I was appalled. I caanot imagine that someone on the staff did not know exactly what this song is about and what it represents. No wonder our country is becoming the laughing stock of the world. When Obama bowed to Hu (his favorite posture to everyone but our true allies) it sickened me. I, to, had the same thoughts about that old Frank Sinatra movie prior to the election, but the more I see of him, the less I think he is a pawn. He knows exactly what he is doing. 2012 cannot come fast enough.

    Any reaction from any members of Congress?

  6. whats_up says:

    @ Randy,

    I was struck by this quote of yours “I can personally attest to the fact that this type of contemptuous behavior towards America and Americans is common fare in that part of the world. Yes, they want our technology and our business, but that’s all.”

    Isnt this pretty much how Americans traditionally viewed Asian cultures? Have we treated them any different than they now treat us? You shall reap what you sow, perhaps we are reaping that which we have sown.

  7. Randy Wills says:

    To “whats-up”.

    I’m sure that a significant portion of the “contemptuous” attitude on the part of many Asians is a result of past relationships with the U.S. The “top dog” always appears arrogant to the “underdog, and this feeling is certainly exacerbated by the desire to show that, even though we defeated many of them in war, they now are defeating us in the marketplace. That not withstanding, I am unable to assign the present attitudes totally to historical indignities, both real and imagined.

    My point is that it has become very personal and disrespectful – let’s say “In your face” – at the individual level. This is clearly a result of the fact that, due to our failure to educate our youth and an unwillingness to make the necessary sacrifices to be competitive, the typical Asian feels superior to their U.S. counterpart.

    Overt insults such as the pianist’s performance at the State dinner portends an increasing recognition on the part of our global “partners” that the U.S. is in economic and cultural decline. I can’t disagree with that perception.
    Randy

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