Posted by: oliviapontet | November 29, 2012

The Chinese national anthem

In 1935, the song “March of the Volunteers” was composed, thanks to the skills of the famous poet Tian Han (1898-1968) for the lyrics and the young composer Nie Er (1912-1935) for the music. This song refers to the Chinese fighters who went repel Japanese invaders in the north of the country in the ’30s. It was at the base, was composed for a film “Children of China” (1935).

It is the values ​​of courage, power, solidarity and sacrifice borne the song that the Chinese government has officially decided in December 1982 to adopt “March of the Volunteers” as the national anthem of the People’s Republic of China. However, in 1949, before the party already opted for this hymn text as provisional reference.

Here is a translation of this song:

Standing! We do not want to be slaves,
It is our flesh that we will build our new wall.
The Nation knows its greatest danger
Everyone should grow a trendy.
Standing! Standing! Standing!
We do more than that,
Brave enemy fire,
Forward!
Brave enemy fire,
Forward! Forward! Forward!

Chinese flag

Chinese flag (Photo credit: Philip Jägenstedt)

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