Finally. Just in time for the end of the semester. I managed to find an on-line version of Socialism Is Good. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fyVzHJUu9h8#t=40 Well, not just a version. There are lots of fairly standard ones out there. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IwZV0vl7GiE but the first one is, I think, one that was recorded back in the 90's by the Beijing Modern Art Band or something like that. ((I swear that cassette is in one of my boxes downstairs. I really need to dig it out.)) It is a bit more....peppy that you might expect. I remember having a long argument with a Chinese friend over whether is was a bunch of cadre kids trying to make the CCP cool, or a bunch of anti-party types mocking one of the great red anthems. I took the later position, but I will have to see what the kids say about it. I found it, by the way, from an American right-wing site that suggests that thanks to Obama we may all be singing this pretty soon. Maybe you should learn the lyrics now, while it's still optional.
Hooray for me! China Beat, my second favorite China blog, has started a series of quizzes -- why didn't we think of that? The most recent asked readers to name the "'Prettiest' (photo of China), 'The Wittiest' (title of a China-related piece of writing), and 'The Grittiest' (best muckraking journalist to work the China beat)." And I won, beating out.... well, they didn't say exactly how many entries, but it must have been several. To see my prize winning answers, please go to New Quiz Winner (China Beat 4/01/2009). And, oh -- I am sure that the fact that it was published on April Fool's day is a sheer coincidence. I think. But the award for Best China April Fool's Announcement has to go to Karen Christensen at Berkshire Publishing News. Karen announced an "innovative Chinese company has made plans for the global launch of a vegetarian product popular throughout China after learning about the wildly successful introduction of SPAM® during the Great Depression." The Chinese canned meat substitute, made of soyabeans, has been given a new brand name, she continued: Töfood. The product will be packaged, like SPAM®, in a distinctively shaped container – in this case, one that looks like a traditional Chinese pagoda. Congratulations to Karen and her graphics designer, Anna Myers.
If you understand Japanese, are in Tokyo, and interested in the history of the foreign concessions of China, you may find a conference being held at Waseda of interest that has a panel of talks on media in the foreign concessions. See this posting over at Frog in a Well Japan for more.