The surging Chinese heart sings the voice of the global Chinese.
Chinese Name: 我的中国心
English Name: My Chinese Heart, Wo De Zhong Guo Xin
Composer: Wang Fuling 王福龄
Lyricist: Huang Zhan 黄霑
Original Singer: Zhang Mingmin 张明敏
Story Of My Chinese Heart
In 1982, Japan tampered with the history of Japan’s invasion of China during World War II in its textbooks for primary and secondary schools, which made countless Chinese angry. Famous Hong Kong lyricist Huang Zhan was also indignant with it, and immediately picked up the pen and wrote the lyrics: “Western-style clothes on my body, My heart is still Chinese.” The whole lyrics were completed in a few minutes.
Huang Zhan brought the lyrics he created to the popular Hong Kong singers, but they were not taken seriously, because the song did not match the mainstream music in Hong Kong at that time, and secondly, they could not sing Mandarin well.
Finally, Huang Zhan found a technician who can sing in an electronic watch factory.Born in Hong Kong in 1956, Zhang Mingmin 张明敏 was a school worker in an electronic watch factory in Kowloon. He likes to sing since childhood and has always wanted to be a singer, and he has worked hard for it. But apart from winning a Hong Kong Amateur Singing Contest at the age of 22, he has almost no experience.
In 1982, by chance, Zhang Mingmin appeared on the stage as a folk singer, but he mainly made a living by working in an electronic watch factory. When a staff member approached Zhang Mingmin to record a patriotic song called My Chinese Heart, he agreed without hesitation, and fell in love with the song as soon as he sang it.
Even more incidentally, when the driver played this song in a taxi on the streets of Shenzhen, the CCTV Spring Festival Gala staff in the car were instantly shocked. This is the format of the program they want to invite people from the literary and art circles across the country to participate. .
The program team who had obtained the treasure quickly found the staff of the Hong Kong branch of Xinhua News Agency and conducted various communication, and they finally found the original singer Zhang Mingmin.
When Zhang Mingmin sang “Yangtze River, Great Wall; Mt.Huangshan, Yellow River, weight thousand pounds in my mind”, countless Chinese audiences were wet with mixed feelings.
Since then, My Chinese Heart has become a song engraved in the hearts of Chinese people all over the world. Zhang Mingmin also became a popular singer in the mainland overnight.
In 2009, My Chinese Heart was selected as one of the 100 patriotic songs recommended by the Central Propaganda Department.
Lyrics of My Chinese Heart
长江 长城 黄山 黄河
长江 长城 黄山 黄河
Country lingers in my dream
I’ve been away from motherland for years
However nothing may change
My Chinese heart
Western-style clothes on my body
My heart is still Chinese
My ancestors branded me long ago
With the Chinese marking
Yangtze River, Great Wall
Mt.Huangshan, Yellow River
Weight thousand pounds in my mind.
Whensoever and wheresoever
My heart’s always intimate with them
The blood running in me
Surges the sound of China
Though I was born in strange land
Nothing may change my Chinese heart