Welcome to 60 years ago when a Lee-led South
Korea puppet government and its masters in the White
House and Pentagon advanced
their troops deep into North
Korea territory with an apparent attempt to further
its military action towards the border of a newly
established People's Republic of China. Chinese leader Mao
Zedong, the creator of the theories of "paper
tiger" (美帝国主义是纸老虎: American
Imperialists are paper tigers) and "dust broom" (扫帚不到灰尘不会自己跑掉:
Dust won't be automatically cleaned off without being swept
by a broom), decided to "打得一拳开，防得百拳来" (to obtain
long-term peace through short term conflict), and sent
the People's Volunteer Armies across the Yalv River to
push the US-South Korea infantry armies back to the south
of the Military Demarcation Line and their warships back
to the south of the Byeongnyeong
The classic Beijing Opera repertoire Raid
on the White Tiger Regiment is based on a true story
during this relatively short-term military conflict in
which South Korea's best elite troop the White Tiger Regiment,
that was a mechanized force fully equipped by the United
States and boasted of being invincible (in a typical
South Korean manner of bragging and fabricating), was
destroyed in a raid.
The incident occurred on a night in July 1953,
at the beginning of the summer counter-offensive campaign
by Chinese and North Korean forces. Lieutenant Yang Yucai
(杨育才), a flesh warrior from
the home province of terra
warriors, led a scout squad of 12 men, including 2 North
Korean officers, disguised as South Korean soldiers with
Yang in U.S. military advisor's uniform, entering the tiger den.
By the time they approached 415 Highland where the head of
the White Tiger located, Yang found his squad was boosted
from 12 to 13 members. Upon investigation, he learned that
the extra one in the tail of the rank was a genuine South
Korean soldier who pathetically
identified the squad as his own unit.
From that poor loser, Yang got the password
of the night and with the password his squad successfully
logged into the headquarter of the White Tiger. It only took
them 14 minutes to smash the tiger head and rendered South
Korea’s most formidable war machine immobile.
All 12 men returned without scratch and with
the banner of the White Tiger given by South Korean President
Lee, which has been displayed as a first grade war relic
in China's Military Museum in Beijing, serving as a proof
Zedong's theory that the American weapons and their collaborators
are just paper
Beating feat was later made into film and kuaibanshu (快板书),
a storytelling art punctuated by bamboo clappers. And the
Beijing opera Raid on the White Tiger Regiment performed
by Shandong Beijing Opera troupe further became one of
eight Model Operas which are still passionately cherished
today by many Chinese, old and young, and considered as
the ones that have rejuvenated the ancient art form with
refreshing modern storylines, more enriched melodies and
a spiritually uplifting connotation.
The following are two aria lyrics from the
The debate among the comrades,
Enlightened our minds,
Which helps us to see through
Some Yankees are warmongers,
Harbouring an ambition
To impose world hegemony
Over all nations.
When facing setbacks,
America waves olive branches
Talking about truce and peace;
But as soon as it recovers,
America waves its claws
Trying to tear you into pieces.
Wolves will always be wolves,
Even in sheepskin clothes.
We must not hold our breath
Waiting for miracles,
But hold tight our guns
Stand up to the warmongers
If they ever dare to challenge us!
We Chinese and North Koreans,
Together we go through thick and thin,
Watching each other’s shoulders.
For our rights and independence,
We are not afraid to sacrifice.
You Yankees and bandits in the South
Headed by President Lee,
Trying to make your last-ditch attempts
Before your final demise
By lying your faults
At someone else’s doorsteps.
I, the lieutenant,
Represent my squad
Request for a battle assignment
In a fight to destroy
South Korean’s crack unit
The U.S.-equipped White Tiger Regiment.
Lieutenant Yang (played by Song Yuqing 宋玉庆)
in American military advisor's uniform seizes a White Tiger
head and finds it is made of paper (not literally).
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