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Chinese New Year's Show 2012

26 January 2012


The hosts of the show draped in the traditional Chinese costume:
Everybody from everywhere, happy Chinese Dragon Year!

Chinese New Year's day 2012 falls on the national day of Ming Dynasty. . On January 23, 1368, the last Chinese dynasty Ming was born when the first Ming emperor announced in Nanjing that Chinese nation regained liberation and independence after nearly 100 years under an apartheid colonial rule of the Mongols.

What a great coincidence! Or is it just a coincidence? Really?

By any account, 2012 the year of Chinese Dragon will be a time of amazing significance. At this special turning point, a group of young Chinese, most born in 80s, produced a new year's show to celebrate the occasion. The following are some images from the show which is recorded on a four-part video series:

Chinese Dragon Dance

Chinese dragon guides the Chinese people to take up the challenges imposed by misguided beasts


Chinese dragon guides Chinese people to face up to challenges from alien air force.

敢上九天揽F35, 敢下五洋捉美国航母

Dance of Dust Whisk (拂尘舞)

Clean up your messy house before opening your gates for your guests.


Mini Drama (小品): How a sovereign lost his kingdom (无信无义助纣为虐者戒)

It was an era of Warring States (战国) long before Jesus, the ambitious kingdom Qin (秦) in the west was a militarily advanced super power and threatened everybody with war and invasion.

So the 6 small and weak kingdoms set up War-see Treaty Organization, and elected Chu (楚) as the head of the 5+1 pack, with Qu Yuan (屈原), a high official from Chu, working to ensure the alliance's relevance and effectiveness to address the border security challenges.

In order to break up this united front, Zhang Yi (张仪), Qin's secretary of state, visited Chu. With generous offer of gold and silver, he secretly recruited some court officials, top consultants as his allies and constituents (线人). He also covertly presented king's wife, a professional collector of jewellery and precious stones, with a pair of white jade that worth 100,000 gold ingots at market price. Thus the greedy wife and the corrupted officials and the sinister consultants made a joint effort to persuade the king to leave the 5+1 pack and to form a strategic partnership with Qin instead.

But the gang's attempt met with a strong opposition from Qu Yuan who reminded the king that Qin meant war. Yet the king was charmed by Zhang Yi's land deal that promised to reward him 600 square lis if he withdraw from the alliance. The king cried out in jubilance, allegedly, "600 lis, my Heaven's, how many luxury houses can be developed there and how many gm rice can be planted there and how many golf courses can be built there and how many GDP can be produced there ...." (oops, we get carried away a bit too far and messed up two eras .... halt!)

Back to Qin. Allegedly, on his decree posted on a bamboo slip publication The Eras, the king of Qin praised the king of Chu as one of the nine top individuals, and the only non Qin citizens, made the most notable contributions to Qin's strategic military advancement, and invited the Chu King to hold a G2 summit in the middle of somewhere (the historical truth of this meeting part can be verified by any history books). The Chu King accepted. Once again, Qu Yuan urged the king not to go, and told his lord to his face (allegedly too) that "a kingdom without principle is like a man without dignity."

The angry king fired Qu Yuan and evicted him from the capital to wild rural area, and it was in there the great patriot created a large volume of poems which become the first class classics in Chinese literary heritage.

Before long, the kingdoms that were betrayed by Chu imposed an active military section against Chu. Instead of helping Chu to defend itself, Qin took this opportunity to mount an attack on its military partner. Eventually, Chu King was captured when he was tricked to visit Qin for peace talk and died as a war prisoner. Years later, the entire Chu kingdom was destroyed by Qin army and a quarter million lives lost.

When Qu Yuan learned Chu's fate, he plunged into River Poluo (汨罗江). It was year 278BC.

Hearing the news of the poet's death, the villagers sailed little boats that were decorated with image of dragon head as a way to scare away the creatures in river when they searched for Qu Yuan's body, and fed fish with rice snack wrapped in reed leaves in the hope that they would spare the poet. Later, on that particular day each year, Chinese all over the country would jump on dragon boats to find Qu Yuan's trace in any river or lake, and late later on, even Koreans joined the searching team and started to look around in Korean waterways. 2,290 years late, late, later, the annual search is still going on in full swing on Duanwu festival (端午) which is on lunar 5th day of 5th month, and the rescue effort is now extended to America, Africa, Australia and Europe ......

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