MV: Chinese netizen sings Cui Jian’s “Nothing to My Name” to mourn 7.23 train crash victims

July 30, 2011Jing Gao3 Comments, , , , , , , ,

After a deadly bullet train crash in Wenzhou, southern Zhejiang took place on the evening of July 23, the Chinese government and the Communist Party came under public opprobrium for their previous confidence in Chinese railway system, which now proves to be problematic and even dangerous, and their rescue and investigation effort, or lack thereof, after the accident.

Youtube version with English subtitles.

Unblocked version on Tudou

The music video is an adaptation by an unknown Chinese netizen of well-known Chinese rock singer Cui Jian’s Nothing to My Name (一无所有, yi wu suo you) with new lyrics and imagery that center on China’s bullet train crash in Wenzhou on July 23.

Cui Jian (as seen in this video with his guitar) is often labeled “The Father of Chinese Rock”. During the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989, Nothing to My Name, one of Cui Jian’s most important work and one of the most influential songs in Chinese modern history, became an anthem to student protesters. Before the crackdown on June 4, 1989, Cui Jian often appeared on the square rallying students and encouraging the demonstration by singing this song.

Today, July 30, is the seventh day after the train crash, an important day in China’s traditional funeral customs. Souls of the deceased are believed to come back on the seventh day after their death to the earth from the underworld to take a final look at their families before being reincarnated. A large number of mourners came today to the crash site to lay flowers and offer prayers.

Father of Lu Haitian, a 20-year-old college boy killed in the crash, left with several handfuls of soil on the crash site after the mourning.

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3 comments to “MV: Chinese netizen sings Cui Jian’s “Nothing to My Name” to mourn 7.23 train crash victims”

  1. Blacksoth | July 30, 2011 | Permalink Reply

    No doubt the first authority in China to witness the video began an investigation into whoever is behind it. Anyone can understand the pain and anguish chinese are experiencing but if you don't fight to win, forget about it. Suck it up and go back to burying your heads. In 1989 (you know.. the incident that you're not allowed to talk about in China) they ran over children with tanks. The Party is fully capable of further atrocities and there's no hope of change if there's only a few brave voices among the cowards. China is only unified in it's suffering.

  2. edinchina | August 17, 2011 | Permalink Reply

    The video's been deleted already, at least can't watch it from here in China (I am 2 weeks late tho).

  3. edinchina | August 17, 2011 | Permalink Reply

    I mean the tudou one of course.

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