When Lang Lang, a Chinese pianist, played the piano at the White House on Jan. 19, 2011, the music he played was the theme song from an anti-American propaganda movie about the Korean War. Unbelievable!
Lang Lang the pianist says he chose it. Chairman Hu Jintao recognized it as soon as he heard it. Patriotic Chinese Internet users were delighted as soon as they saw the videos online. Early morning TV viewers in China knew it would be played an hour or two beforehand. At the White House State dinner on Jan. 19, about six minutes into his set, Lang Lang began tapping out a famous anti-American propaganda melody from the Korean War: the theme song to the movie “Battle on Shangganling Mountain.”
The film depicts a group of “People’s Volunteer Army” soldiers who are first hemmed in at Shanganling (or Triangle Hill) and then, when reinforcements arrive, take up their rifles and counterattack the U.S. military “jackals.” The song Lang Lang played describes how beautiful China is and then near the end has this verse, “When friends are here, there is fine wine /But if the jackal comes /What greets it is the hunting rifle.” The “jackal” in the song is the United States.
I'm sure that his choice was not meant as a slight or a slap inthe face of the American President and citizens who welcomed them to OUR country. DO you agree? And do you think that the White House knew that Lang Lang was going to be singing this disrespectful song? Don't they have to ok musical tunes and such? How did this mistake slip through,or was it a mistake?