Fact reports that China’s Communist Party Youth League has released a video in hopes of changing Westerners perception of China. What’s interesting about the video, however, is that it’s soundtracked by a backpack rap song that’s essentially propaganda. News site Sixth Tone was told by one CD Rev, the group behind the track, that the track was created to help “Westerners to understand China.” International Business Times reports that the track, “This is China,” has been shared “nearly 45,000” times since it debuted earlier this week.
Wang Zixin from CD Rev explained, “We want Westerners to know that Chinese know our problems and we are trying to make a change.” Rapping in the opening moments of the song, “This is China” opens with, “First things first, we all know China is a developing country, it has large population, and it is really hard to manage.” While part of the song is about admitting the problems China has, the rapping on the track also proudly touts their security, advanced technology, and gun laws among other topics.
Perhaps most shockingly, though, is that the track also brings up Taiwan, which is somewhat of a touchy subject for many. Bringing up the controversial belief that Taiwan is a breakaway province that will one day unite with mainland China once again, the track mentions, “You are probably also confused about the situation of Taiwan, as you don’t know the relationships between it and the mainland / Actually, for normal citizens, we just want us to be united as one, because we think we are from one family, the same.”
Commenters have already begun criticizing the video, with one user saying, “The worst way to change perceptions of China is to set nationalistic propaganda to appropriated American rap music. It actually has the opposite effect and just shows how much China does not understand the West.” Another user commented, “It touched on a lot of good points, but I think it missed the ones westerners are most curious about, like feelings toward censorship and the great firewall, policies in Tibet, Tiananmen Massacre… stuff like that.”
What’s interesting to note about the video being available on YouTube, is that YouTube is actually banned in China, alongside other sites like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, SoundCloud, and even Google. Watch the video above.