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Taiwanese Rapper Daddy Chang Prays For Japan: “My Neighbor”

Taiwanese Canadian Muslim rapper Daddy Chang raps a prayer for Japan following devastating 2011 March 11th Sendai Earthquake and tsunami.

Daddy Chang

ZhongTV

The following rap song by Taiwanese rapper “Daddy Chang” (脏爸爸) was written as a “Japan prayer song” following the 2011 March 11 Tohoku/Sendai earthquake disaster. It was viewed over 1.2m times within 48 hours of being uploaded onto popular Chinese video-sharing website Youku, while also receiving over 60k upvotes, compared to over 400 downvotes from Chinese netizen viewers:

A copy on YouTube:

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“我的邻居” [“My Neighbor”] Lyrics and English Translations:

[Note: Rap lyrics can be very difficult to translate accurately. Please feel free to offer corrections or suggestions in the comments below.]

CHORUS:
我的邻居,我为你们在祈祷,
My neighbors, I am praying for you,
我希望以后我们别再因为亚洲地位比较
I hope in the future we will no longer compare ourselves over our position in Asia
现在你们是弱者历史我暂时不计较
Right now you are weak, so I will put aside arguing about history for now
但不代表我消除我这防犯心的喜好
though it doesn’t mean I will no longer be against having been attacked

我的敌人,还记得我们汶川地震,
My enemy, I still remember our Wenchuan Earthquake,
当时你们也派了救难队来祖国助阵
at the time you too sent a rescue team to my motherland in support
希望这首歌的古筝能为你带来敷冷
So I hope this song will bring you some comfort
在黑暗冷清的夜里,为你点燃路灯
and in the dark lonely night, give you some light

中国人也是人类我不怕丢这脸面
Chinese are also human, and I’m not afraid of losing this face
没错他们是我们敌人但我无法体现
Yes, they are our enemy, but I am unable to embody
幸灾乐祸这种态度,绝非中华理念!
the attitude of gloating at others’ misfortunes, that is definitely not the Chinese way!
我们代表和平,所以我决定捐献
We represent peace, so I have decided to donate

几张钞票,我包上穆斯林的信件
some cash, wrapped in a Muslim letter,
在送往台湾佛教慈济基金会来应验
and sent to the [Taiwan] Tzu Chi Foundation
当然云南省的捐献十倍以上起点!
Of course, my donation to Yunnan province was 10x and up!
因为血浓于水,这是原则的理念
Because blood is thicker than water, this is principle.

代表己见,我不代表所有的兄弟
Representing myself, I don’t represent all my brothers [fellow countrymen]
因为他们受到的历史挫折还很拥挤!
because the historical setback/hurt they have suffered is still very present [in their hearts]!
我的态度,只代表中华和平风气!
My attitude, only represents Chinese values of peace!
各人坚决反对天灾贺电这种东西
I am personally resolutely against things like celebrating natural disasters

不是勇气,这是一种人类的道德
It is not courage, this is a kind of human morality
让所有不同意的同胞都来骂我好了
Let all my fellow countrymen who disagree come and curse me
但我有责,提高人文的素质法则!
But I have the responsibility, to raise mankind’s character!
作为中国人我代表大汉祝福大和!
As a Chinese person, I represent the Chinese in wishing the best for the Japanese!

CHORUS

因为历史的事实让我们有伤痕,
Because the facts of history has given us scars,
但伤痕的教训不代表能够乱了华夏方寸,
but the lesson of scars does not mean China can lose its mind,
这次的浪狠,让很多的邻居们丧身
This tsunami, has killed many of our neighbors
很很多的家属们的家属尸体们无法葬身
and the bodies of many family members for many families are unable to be buried

就如同我们自己历史里也有的悲剧
Just like the tragedy we ourselves have also had in history
难民营和废墟这些都是我们有过的委屈
Refugees and ruins and the like are all grievances we too have had
但永远的冤冤相报不是孔子的教育
but always holding a grudge is not what Confucius taught
老子还真心希望以德报怨有和平效率
I sincerely hope that repaying evil with good has effectiveness in bringing peace

我们邻居们以前,说中国没素质
Our neighbors in the past, said that China has no character
我现在让你们看到中国人的文化宗旨
I now show you the cultural aims of Chinese people:
天下太平,祈祷全球的食物充实
Peace to the world, praying that the entire planet will have plenty of food
向往和平的发展公式,正念方向走势!
working towards peaceful development, walking towards proper/just principles and goals

我以前骂过很多的哈日朋友汉奸,
In the past I cursed those who admired Japan as traitors,
但他们很多的文化,确实值得参见,
But much of their culture, is indeed worth respecting
就像灾难之后的人民保持的罕见;
Like the rare hope and order maintained by the people after the disaster
希望和次序,是值得我们学习的看点
this is worth us learning from

CHORUS

Daddy Chang.

Not only is Daddy Chang a Taiwanese rapper who raps for mainland China, he is also a Canadian citizen and Muslim. Many of his other videos on his Youku page have had hundreds of thousands to millions of views. ZhongTV, a Chinese music and entertainment service, claims that Daddy Chang’s videos often reach a million views within 48 hours of being uploaded. Daddy Chang also has a YouTube page.

Comments from Youku:

用情☆太深:

Ding this up, gloating at others’ misfortunes is indeed not a principle/philosophy of us Chinese people. Well said.

QQ兔儿1987:

With Japan as our neighbor, we must help the disaster victims there. Wish them the best. 难过

陳卓的音樂:

Brother Zhang is really speedy, being able to write this new song so quickly… 赞赞赞

王者alossv:

I am a rural worker who helps others carry manure. In order to express his feelings about this earthquake, I went through a lot of trouble and walked 2 days and 2 nights to this county town and found an internet bar. I spent 20 yuan to find someone who knew how to go online and post comments. Through a lot of effort I express my feelings at this time and moment: 1. I am very excited. That the earthquake has brought harm to Japan, I celebrate! I am expressing the celebration in my heart! 2. To the many ignorant people who think they are experts, I warn you, we are not fenqing. Even though it is said that the 1937 has nothing to do with the Japanese ordinary common people, the government is formed by the ordinary common people. If at the time the ordinary common people insisted on opposing war, we wouldn’t hate you guys as we do now. 3. Japan’s descendants are not human/people, this you guys can go search for, most of them have bad natures. Actually, we don’t need to go save Japan, it is better to let them quietly die from this earthquake, because if we save them now, they will bite us back, and then we will still have to exterminate them. Rather than cruelly destroying Japan then, it would be better to just let them quietly go now, I will pray [for it/them]. 5. We must unite together to resist this inhuman Japan, they haven’t even returned the Diaoyu Islands [aka Senkaku Islands] yet. Fellow countrymen, wake up…how can those who don’t acknowledge history be people/human? Even I as a manure carrying rural laborer wants to properly regard history, but them, even though they are prosperous, they still want to falsify their history books. This kind of people simply aren’t human. Going now to rescue them means that in the future, we will have to fight them again. Rather than suffer years of cruel war, it would be better if we just don’t go rescue them now and quietly let them die…

[Note: This netizen consistently wrote the Chinese word for Japan with a punctuation mark in between the two characters 日本 like this: 日,本 or 日.本. Normally, people only do this because they think it will make their comment or posts harder to match keyword filters. It appears this commenter thinks writing “Japan” will be filtered or monitored.]

红火penrev大坑:

Have you thought of why our people would gloat at their misfortune like this? If this kind of disaster happened to any other country, would our country’s people be like this? [No, we would] definitely also be sympathetic, encouraging, and help, definitely also wish for the best. But what red-blooded Chinese person could forget the Japanese people’s beastly behavior of 70 years ago? If you put on the veneer here of being humane and say we are beasts, then what are you? An angel? You want to show your lenient, benevolent, open-minded heart here? You found the wrong place!! True, those expressing their patriotism here are a little unbalanced, but it also indeed everyone’s true feelings. Our country is not yet powerful enough, not yet able to go all out and avenge our ancestors, because we can only endure hardships, endure the fury in our hearts and struggle to develop in order to surpass Japan as quickly as possible, and then we will see if those bastards will still be so cocky. Under the current situation of our country, aside from grumbling a bit online, what else can we do? Apart from gloating a bit while Japan faces natural disaster, what else can we do? Apart from from advocating the boycott of Japanese goods, what else can we do? But this doesn’t mean this will be all that we will ever be able to do!

edionehtd黑哥:

As a Chinese person with character, I only hope that Japan does not change history books as it pleases.
But as a member of humanity, let us rebuild our homes together. 无语

会爬树的拖拉机:

Remember history, don’t remember hatred~~

凡瞳羽:

吐 I downvoted!

ttysafevlc:

There are good and bad people amongst the Japanese. Towards right-wingers, one shouldn’t be benevolent. 吐

股海渔夫1633:

Those people who are taking pleasure from other’s misfortunes, do you guys have any common sense? Do you guys understand what butterfly effect is? And yet you guys are still there stupidly rejoicing. You guys think that with Japan being destroyed by an earthquake like that that China wouldn’t be affected at all? Use your brains and think! And with such a destructive earthquake, if Japan can still rise up, that is deserving of people’s respect and admiration, making the Japanese even more powerful, and you guys are stupidly rejoicing!
难过

led9ih表:

Us younger generation stop being all talk and no action, put your energy to comment into more productive work. The day China’s true national strength has surpassed Japan is when we will really have the right to laugh at them. Why is China the world’s factory? Our product technology unable to surpass other countries? All because there are too many people who can only pick fault with others, too many people who talk nonsense. If you want others to respect you, you must have something you are strong/a leader in!!!

However, as a country that suffers a lot of earthquake disasters, Japanese buildings truly hold up well!
This is something China needs to learn from,
where quality is king [the most important].

writro27:

I know that China and Japan has an irreconcilable hate due to history. I admit I hate that Japan ruthlessly invaded our country, but towards Japan being severely hurt this time I feel sympathy. After all, it is not this new generation of Japanese people who were at fault, nor can they forever carry the crimes of their ancestors. They are innocent. I hope Japan can quickly recover and hope they can stand up again after this disaster.

What do you think of this song?

Written by Fauna

Fauna is a mysterious young Shanghainese girl who lives in the only place a Shanghainese person would ever want to live: Shanghai. In mid-2008, she started chinaSMACK to combine her hobby of browsing Chinese internet forums with her goal of improving her English. Through her tireless translation of popular Chinese internet news and phenomenon, her English has apparently gotten dramatically better. At least, reading and writing-wise. Unfortunately, she's still not confident enough to have written this bio, about herself, by herself.

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