Dissed at our own state dinner

Posted by: Phineas on January 23, 2011 at 7:45 pm


Chinese Pianist Plays Propaganda Tune at White House
US humiliated in eyes of Chinese by song used to inspire anti-Americanism

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 movie and the tune are widely known among Chinese, and the song has been a leading piece of anti-American propaganda by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) for decades. CCP propaganda has always referred to the Korean War as the “movement to resist America and help [North] Korea.” The message of the propaganda is that the United States is an enemy—in fighting in the Korean War the United States’ real goal was said to be to invade and conquer China. The victory at Triangle Hill was promoted as a victory over imperialists.

According to the article, the pianist claims to have chosen the piece himself. Regardless of whether he did or was told to play it by Beijing, the Chinese government certainly knew its significance. And so did the millions in China who saw the performance via Phoenix TV, which, like many media outlets in Hong Kong, has strong Chinese Communist Party connections and knew in advance what would be played.

To twist the knife on this humiliating insult, the White House knew this song would be played, but apparently no one in charge bothered to check into its significance — or they knew it, but didn’t want to risk offending their loan sharks guests by prohibiting it.

How embarrassing. Obamateur Hour strikes again.

via Blue Crab Boulevard

LINKS: Moe Lane would be chewing out the Chinese ambassador right now. Big Peace has the relevant clip from the propaganda movie the song is featured in.

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

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9 Responses to “Dissed at our own state dinner”


  1. DF says:

    I long for the day when we can once again have a President unwilling to bow (literally) to other foreign leaders, a President who is unwilling to apologize for being American, and a President who is proud to represent us to the rest of the world and to show them all of the things that are great about our country.

    The problem is it will never happen as long as such an unqualified community organizer is in office. We will continue to be embarrassed and mocked by the rest of the world.


  2. Carlos says:

    Heck, the big “O” probably suggested it himself!

    Either that, or he challenged Hu to see if Hu could find a better and bigger way to diss the US than he (Obama) does himself.

  3. RM says:

    I am surprised the White House did not follow it with the theme song from M*A*S*H.

  4. ironhorzmn says:

    Bet no one at the WH is particularly outraged or even overly concerned.

    Expect no explanation, apology or expression of ‘regret’.

  5. Sefton says:

    Nothing about this White House surprises me anymore.
    Mao Christmas ornaments, Dunn’s favorite philosopher quote, now this.
    It wouldn’t surprise me to see Maobama announce in his SOTU speech that he’s had formal surrender papers drawn up, signed and delivered to Hu while he was here.

  6. David says:

    I’m surprised Obama didn’t bow while this song was played or announce that he would go on a new apology tour throughout China and the rest of Asia. Jefferson is rolling over in his grave.

  7. Paul says:

    Someone send Hu Jintao a picture of the Dalai Lama !!

  8. Steve Skubinna says:

    Hey, this is what we voted for. Okay, maybe not commentors here, but 52% of the electorate loudly and clearly said in November 2008, “Please, humiliate and degrade America, destroy our economy and world standing, bring us low!”

    And by golly, we are getting it good and hard.