Videos: Viral Chinese song inspires queer, funny dances and outdoor workouts
Zui Xuan Min Zu Feng, literally The Coolest Ethnic Wind, by the Chinese pop duo Phoenix Legend, has been circulating crazily all over the Internet recently and spawned a variety of parodies, spoofs and adaptations. The fast tempo, fusion of Chinese musical instruments, Mongolian chants and modern rap beats, contribute to the song’s catchiness, making it an “earworm”. Right now, it is the greatest hit and the most downloaded on the Internet. It is also until today one of the top ten trending topics on Sina Weibo.
Eventually it has found its way into workplaces and campuses and becomes the favorite song of the uniformed. Every day, Chinese students and state employees are usually required to perform carefully choreographed body exercises broadcast in stereo, called radio calisthenics, in an effort to boost their morale and yank them out of the sedentary posture.
The People’s Radio Calisthenics, promoted by the Chinese government, has gradually fallen out of favor, as it is easily associated with the goose-stepping automatons of the last century. In response, schools and workplaces have come up with new dances and movements as replacement of the routine to appeal to young people. That is how the hugely popular The Coolest Ethnic Wind started to reign in the regimented places. (In another post, we reported Chinese school practices Michael Jackson’s dance as routine morning exercises)
1: A work dance by employers at China Pacific Insurance Company (CPIC):
2: A radio broadcast exercise at a high school
3: An elementary school radio calisthenics
4: Party of college boys in a dormitory room at Guangxi Normal University in Nanning, Guangxi province.
In fact, the sticky, contagious tune has already spread to the United States. This video is said to be shot at the 2010 Zumba Convention in the U.S., where hundreds of Americans danced to the Chinese song, a scene the uploader called “where the East meets West.”
Just in case you wish to have a look at the original music video