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Rap video about the things close to Xi Jinping’s heart

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s part of the state media blitz associated with the annual Two Sessions — the meetings of the National People’s Congress (NPC) and Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference — Xinhua News Agency released an animated music video with a rap song about the “six things close to Xi Jinping’s heart.”
3 months ago
The editors
Screenshot of song

The lyrics don’t make it completely clear but the six things are: central heating and clean energy in northern China, garbage recycling, housing, food safety, providing for the elderly, and the processing of livestock and poultry waste. You can watch the rap video and find the Chinese lyrics on Xinhua, or watch an abridged version with some translation on Youtube. Below is our translation, with pinyin at the bottom if you want to sing along with the video.

Six things

No matter where you are
There’s always someone who cares for you thinking of you
Life is getting better day by day
But you can’t avoid all troubles

In northern China providing central heating creates air pollution problems
When can we be warm and also have blue skies?
Clean energy for heating is a challenge for cities and the countryside
When electricity is suitable we should use electricity, when natural gas is suitable, we should use gas

How many years have we talked about sorting garbage?
Recycling is the way to reduce harm and make our home beautiful
If we sort garbage correctly, it becomes a resource
We’ll work together to improve environmental awareness

There’s plenty of chicken, duck, pork, lamb and beef on our tables
But pollution and contamination worry our hearts
Fertilizer and biogas power generation have great benefits
Organic use of waste can turn it into a treasure

Housing, the environment, providing for the elderly, and food safety are the most important issues
One has to start small to solve a big challenge
These six small issues matter to millions of people
Each one of them is a project in the public interest

We need to change
To welcome a better tomorrow

Parents are getting old, society is aging
Pension services and facilities for the aged are still in their infancy
One child caring for four elderly people is not reassuring
Living in a nursing home comfortably and enjoyably is worth the money

Drifting in Beijing, Shanghai, in the east and the west: drifters want to settle down
What makes people want to cry are rising home prices
Don’t speculate on real estate
The system should be created based on people’s needs

Disease enters by the mouth: make sure to clean food before eating
Before touching chopsticks, we are still worried
You can only enjoy eating if the food is safe
Regulating to control risks is what we are looking forward to

Housing, the environment, providing for the elderly, and food safety are the most important issues
One has to start small to solve a big challenge
These six small issues matter to millions of people
Each one of them is a project in the public interest

No matter where you are
There’s always someone who cares for you, thinking of you
Small hopes and wishes get together
This is our big happy family

We need a change
To welcome a better tomorrow


Pinyin transcription

wúlùn shēn zài nǎlǐ
zǒng yǒurén zài qiānguàzhe nǐ xiǎngzhe nǐ
shēnghuó yītiān bǐ yītiān hǎo
kě yě miǎnbule, hái yǒu bù shǎo fánnǎo

běifāng gōngnuǎn jì kōngqì róngyì chū wèntí
wēnnuǎn huo lántiān hé shí cáinéng zài yīqǐ
qīngjié néngyuán qǔnuǎn chéngxiāng lián chéng yītǐ
yi diàn zé diàn, yi qì zé qì

lèsè fēnlèi duō shào nián de lǎo huàtí
huíshōu wú hài chu lǐ, jiāxiāng biàn měilì
fàng duì wèizhì lèsè biàn chéng zīyuán
tígāo huánbǎo yìshí, wǒmen yīqǐlái nǔlì

jī yā zhū niú yángròu cānzhuō shàng shàobùliǎo
kě wūrǎn de qíngkuàng ràng rén xīnjiāo
féiliào zhǎoqì fādiàn hǎochù kěbù shǎo
yǒujī fàn er de fèiqì wù hái kěyǐ biàn chéng bǎo

zhùfáng huánjìng yǎnglǎo, shípǐn ānquán fēicháng zhòngyào
yào bǎ zhèxiē dàshì zuò hǎo yào cóng xiǎoshì chūfā
liù jiàn “xiǎoshì” jiàn jiàn liánzhe bǎixìng qiān wàn jiā
zhuāng zhuāng jiàn jiàn dōu néng luòshí nà jiùshì mínxīn gōngchéng a

wǒmen xūyào gǎibiàn
yíngjiē yīgè měihǎo míngtiān

bà mā niánjì biàn dà, shèhuì lǎolíng huà
yǎnglǎo fúwù hé shèshī hái zài méngyá
dúshēngzǐ nǚ yī tuō sì ràng rén fàngxīn bùxià
yǎnglǎo shēnxīn yúyuè, zhè qián cái zhídé huā

běi piāo shàng piào dōng piào xi piào dōu xiǎng nénggòu ān gè jiā
kě ràng rén “lán shòu” de shì zhǎngle yòu zhǎng de fángjià
fángzi yǒu chúfáng dàn yě bié yòng lái chǎo
zhìdù yào cóng bǎixìng xūqiú chūfā

bìng cóng kǒu rù, shíwù xūyào xǐ gānjìng
dòng kuài zǐ zhīqián, wǒmen háishì huì dānxīn
shípǐn fàngxīn cáinéng chī de shūxīn
jiānguǎn bǎ kòng fēngxiǎn, wǒmen dàjiā wànzhòng qídài

zhùfáng huánjìng yǎnglǎo, shípǐn ānquán fēicháng zhòngyào
yào bǎ zhèxiē dàshì zuò hǎo yào cóng xiǎoshì chū fā
liù jiàn “xiǎoshì” jiàn jiàn liánzhe bǎixìng qiān wàn jiā
zhuāng zhuāng jiàn jiàn dōu néng luòshí nà jiùshì mínxīn gōngchéng a

wúlùn nǐ shēn zài nǎlǐ
zǒng yǒurén zài qiānguàzhe nǐ
yīgè yīgè xiǎo xīnyuàn huìzǒng zài yī qǐ
zhè shì wǒmen xìngfú shēnghuó de yīgè dàdà dà de jiā

wǒmen xūyào gǎibiàn
yíngjiē yīgè xīn de míngtiān

By The editors
Jeremy Goldkorn, Lucas Niewenhuis, Jia Guo, Jiayun Feng, and Sky Canaves.
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