Video: Chinese rap over soaring consumer prices in parody music video featuring Stephen Chow

March 14, 2011Jing GaoOne Comment, , , , , , , , , , ,

The rapper(s) discusses Chinese inflation and rising Consumer Price Index (CPI), and tells how it affects people’s everyday life.

The song is a parody of Taiwanese girl band S.H.E.’s Chinese Language (song title). The video features montage of several Stephen Chow’s movie excerpts. Stephen Chow is a very popular comedy actor/director in Greater China as well as Southeast Asia who popularizes a film genre called mo lei tau, which is often translated as nonsense, silly talk, or loony talk.

Taiwanese girl band S.H.E.

Youtube version (with English translation provided by Ministry of Tofu)

Unblocked version on Youku

Translation of the lyrics:

Prices are high. Prices rise. Income wishes to rise accordingly.
Prices are high. Prices rise. Income fails to rise accordingly.
Chengdu’s missy cannot afford garments as a present for her mom. (in Sichuan dialect)
Shaanxi’s Old Qian has to eat pretzel pieces every day. (In Shaanxi dialect)
People all over the country speaking dialects of all places,
All they grumbled and talked about is prices in China.
For years, slogans about catching up with UK, US, JP, DE, FR have been chanted,
In recent years, it’s their turn to be dazed at our ever-rising-never-falling gas prices.
Always rising rising and rising,
How smart Chinese are! How crazy Chinese prices are!

Prices are high. Prices rise. Income wishes to rise accordingly.
Prices don’t let income rise accordingly. Income insists on rising accordingly.
Prices insist on not letting income rise accordingly.
Don’t pray for pay raise. Just pray for no more price hike.
Hubby and wifey both have jobs.
Hubby is in his 20s.
Wifey is much younger than he is.
Hubby says, “Buy a house first.”
Wifey says, “Buy a car first.”
Buy a house on a mortgage and a car on loan.
In the end, they still don’t have cash for the house or gas for the car.

The entire world is learning from China’s prices.
China’s prices are getting more and more globalized.
The entire world is talking about China’s prices.
Our prices can even subdue the United States.

Shanghai’s Buddy Sun is under big pressure from buying home on a mortgage. (In Shanghainese)
Mr. Huang from Shenzhen spent 88 grand on his illness. (In Cantonese)
People all over the country speaking dialects of all places,
All they grumbled and talked about is prices in China.
For so many years, slogans about catching up with UK, US, JP, DE, FR are being chanted,
In recent years, it’s their turn to be dazed at our ever-increasing-never-decreasing gas prices.
Always rising rising and rising,
How smart Chinese are! How crazy Chinese prices are!

A student named Little Guo,
paid 60 grand for college.
After graduation, he finds a job.
The monthly pay is over one grand.
No house, let alone a car.
Marriage is even farther away.
Can’t stay ahead of CPI.
Many more are like him.
Can’t afford to have a baby. It costs more than 10 grand.
Or can afford to have one, but not to raise one.
Or can afford to raise one, but not to send one to school.
Or can afford to send one to school, but not to let him marry.
Or can afford to let him marry, but not to let him have his baby.
Otherwise, it would cost another 10 grand.
Then I can’t afford to be ill.
Or if I am ill, I can’t afford to die.

The entire world is learning from China’s prices.
China’s prices are getting more and more globalized.
The entire world is talking about China’s prices.
Our prices can even subdue the United States.

(Repeat twice.)

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