The Story of Our Chinese Love Song, Cǎihóng by Yu Quan | Speaking of China

23 Responses

  1. Sveta
    Sveta February 20, 2012 at 2:24 am | | Reply

    I always loved Jay Chou’s songs, and often fantasized of a guy singing me Blue White Porcelain (青花瓷) Sometimes I even want for a guy to sing me Teresa Teng’s Moon Represents my Heart song.

  2. orange_rain
    orange_rain February 20, 2012 at 6:53 am | | Reply

    Our song would be Jay Chou – Hair Like Snow.
    When my husband was younger, his friends used to say he looks like Jay Chou. And when I visited my husband’s apartment for the first time, he played me this Jay Chou’s music video and said “that’s me”..
    And I almost believed it:D

  3. namenotgiven
    namenotgiven February 20, 2012 at 9:51 am | | Reply

    Thanks for the post Jocelyn. Enjoyed watching the video.

    @Sveta
    My big fantasy is singing “Huo Tian Cua” from start to finish in Mandarin, or at least a guy bothering to learn it, and sing it to me. I would probably love it if a guy sang “Fearless” by Jay
    Chou just to impress me.

  4. cvaguy
    cvaguy February 20, 2012 at 10:51 am | | Reply

    My favorite song is “Tonghua”, Jeson Chen’s version. I bought it from amazon.
    I love it because it is in both Chinese and English. Here is vedio version.

    http://m.youtube.com/index?client=mv-google&desktop_uri=%2F&gl=US&rdm=4pnix9gc4#/watch?v=Uuh_IfVtJ3M

  5. Jason
    Jason February 20, 2012 at 2:47 pm | | Reply

    In my opinion, most Chinese singers are just garbage. None of them sing worth a lick, if you don’t believe me just watch their live concerts, they’re always off-tune, can’t sing, and just exposed.

    There are only 2 that can sing for real.

    One is 张敬轩
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ar9gHiwBBgs

    the other is 张学友
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RPKuu9UFK10

    You only need to listen to these 2, then you will realize most other Chinese singers are not worth your time.

  6. cvaguy
    cvaguy February 20, 2012 at 5:20 pm | | Reply

    Jason – Every one has his own favorite singers, there is no point to start war here.

  7. ploppers
    ploppers February 20, 2012 at 5:33 pm | | Reply

    @jason, one man’s meat is another’s poison (萝卜白菜,各有所爱). The concept of ‘favourite’ is really varying from person to person; favour depends on different experiences and various occasions. Even for the the same person, some songs seem appealing at one moment and not at another. Hope you could share your stories about songs which make you emotional rather wage war here arguing who’s best singer. 🙂

  8. Brittany
    Brittany February 21, 2012 at 2:43 am | | Reply

    Oh goodie! I find my best way of learning Chinese is through pop music — I’m so happy to have a whole new slew of songs to check out 🙂

    My personal favorite is 今天你要嫁给 by David Tao & Jolin Tsai. I always tell my boyfriend that we need to learn the lyrics in Chinese so we can KTV them and impress everyone! Besides, it’s an easy song to learn. (We’re both waiguoren)

  9. Brittany
    Brittany February 21, 2012 at 2:50 am | | Reply

    Oh, and of course, the video version: http://www.tudou.com/programs/view/orzWs1bFUsc/

  10. Friend
    Friend February 21, 2012 at 11:06 pm | | Reply

    JJ Lin 林俊傑 is pretty good live.
    So is Jam Xiao 蕭敬騰.
    For female singers, Jane Zhang 張靚穎 is also good singing live.
    They’ve got too many good songs to choose from, IMO and some are very easy to sing to in KTV. I also learn how to pronounce some Chinese words through music.

    They’re are in the mainstream, but there’s plenty of Indie artists who are good too.

  11. Friend
    Friend February 21, 2012 at 11:07 pm | | Reply

    Oh, here’s a song.
    拥抱 with Mayday and A-mei
    http://www.tudou.com/programs/view/_Dhiqee90YA/
    Very easy to listen to.

  12. Barbara
    Barbara February 22, 2012 at 8:32 am | | Reply

    Favorite Chinese love song? This one:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dvv2Ab3chTA&feature=related
    and this one is even better:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hZ4Gy_93nes
    This is the only Chinese group I actually like. Just can’t stand this mawkish sweet trashy style which dominates in Chinese pop music. At least Lee Hom has a few nice songs. And he’s hot.
    But seriously, does anyone know any good Chinese punkrock?

  13. ordinary malaysian
    ordinary malaysian February 22, 2012 at 12:06 pm | | Reply

    彩虹 is a romantic song. But I don’t think it is easy to sing well. That you are able to Jocelyn, it’s great! Nowadays I hardly listen to songs be it Chinese, Malay or English because I don’t have the time. It is true though that we often associate songs with events in our life that are meaningful to us. Where will we be without music and songs? @Jason, strong opinion you have got! What may be music to your ears may be thrash to others.

  14. Eileen
    Eileen February 22, 2012 at 12:31 pm | | Reply

    I don’t have a lot of cpop on my ipod, but I do listen to A-Mei/張惠妹 on a daily basis. 😀 I simply can’t pick one song by her. There’s “Ku Bu Chu Lai (Can’t Cry It Out),” as an example. There are so many. I do also listen to S.H.E, as well. 🙂

  15. hanren
    hanren February 22, 2012 at 2:08 pm | | Reply

    Not sure any one had read the following study in USA. It is quite fascinating.

    http://www.pewsocialtrends.org/files/2012/02/sdt-2012-rise-of-intermarriage-14.png

    Looks like AM/WF couples at the highest social class (if you think income as classification)

    http://www.pewsocialtrends.org/2012/02/16/the-rise-of-intermarriage/1/

  16. Rebekah
    Rebekah February 22, 2012 at 10:15 pm | | Reply

    Our song would be 我愛你/Wo Ai Ni by S.H.E. If you know the story to the song it’s about a love that even if broken apart is so strong it overcomes all obstacles…I can sing most of it to my boyfriend, and he thinks it’s cute I try so hard! 🙂
    Here is the short version of the video, however I DO suggest checking out the long version(13 minutes long).

  17. Claire
    Claire February 23, 2012 at 12:20 pm | | Reply

    I like the song Bu De Bu Ai by Pan Wei Bo but not for any particular reason – probably because I could make out the title in the song…
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gle905C028w

    Since watching Chungking Express, I have loved the song Dreams by The Cranberries. I like the English and Cantonese version (by Faye Wong) equally because I can’t understand either version without looking the lyrics up! haha 😀
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lSkUh8dn-sI (Cantonese)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yam5uK6e-bQ&ob=av2e (English)

  18. cvaguy
    cvaguy February 23, 2012 at 6:16 pm | | Reply

    Claire – I love Dreams by Cranberries ever since it plays on the radio. It was on US billboard hot 100. Not sure it qualifies as love song, more like a song about crush 🙂

  19. Blossom
    Blossom February 24, 2012 at 7:25 am | | Reply

    @ Claire: Thank you SO much for the link to Bu De Bu Ai by Pan Wei Bo. This is the most beautiful song. She sings like a bird … I am very grateful! 🙂

  20. Bukki
    Bukki March 3, 2012 at 7:24 am | | Reply

    Now that you’ve writte about music as well, I’d like to ask: which Chinese dramas can you recommend? 🙂 I’ve read your post about “Five Things Taiwanese Idol Dramas Say About Love in China” and loved “Down with love”. Now I’m looking for more lighthearted Chinese dramas but no luck so far 🙁

  21. Rebekah
    Rebekah March 3, 2012 at 3:59 pm | | Reply

    @Bukki A lot of the Taiwanese dramas have lighthearted moments, but they all carry some sort of a message. They usually have some sort of love triangle to them.
    Some of my favorites are:
    The Rose(NOT light at all! This is SO one of my favorites!)
    It Started With A Kiss(1&2…ISWAK2 has an AM/WF couple with the beautiful Rui Sha-Larisa Baukarova and the SUPER HOT(does anyone else get this pun?) Jiro Wang…I <3 him!!).
    Hana Kimi Taiwan(SO cute, I <3 Ella Chen, she is the funniest girl ever!)
    Devil Beside You(Mike He!!!!! Kingone Wang!!!! <3)
    Miss No Good(Will Pan!!! <3)
    Down With Love(@Bukki, I know you said you already said you saw this)
    Momo Love(HOT ASIAN GUYS GALORE!)
    ToGetHer(JiroxRainie)
    (Drunken)to Love You(Joseph Chang is SOOOOO hot in this!)
    Autumn's Concerto(Vanness!)
    The X-Family(which is connected to K.O. One)
    Meteor Garden
    Mars
    Smiling Pasta
    Tokyo Juliet
    Bull Fighting
    These are just a few…..and it is so nice to watch them. No mater the outcome you always walk away feeling satisfied(EXCEPT ISWAK & HANA KIMI, they KILLED me with the endings to these!).
    If you haven;t already checked these out you should. I am waiting for Absolute Boyfriend to start this month…..I cannot wait for JIRO! lol! 🙂

  22. Rebekah
    Rebekah March 3, 2012 at 4:00 pm | | Reply

    Sorry Jocelyn,
    I didn’t realize how long that was! You can send this to the drama post or I can re-post it there if you want me to….XD

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