A 90-year-old man has collected and recorded nearly 70 pieces of Anti-Japanese songs that were popular during Chinese People’s War of Resistance Against Japanese Aggression.
These songs vividly record the Japanese aggressor troops’ atrocity and Chinese people’s brave battle against enemies.
The old man teaching villagers to sing the Anti-Japanese song is Yu Mengjiang from Hengshui in north China’s Hebei province.
SOUNDBITE(CHINESE)LI YIZHONG, Official of Zhaocun village of Hengshui
“These songs reflect our village’s Anti-Japanese history. Today we learn these songs to pass the history from generation to generation.”
Japanese invaders occupied north China in 1930s.
During the wartime period, local people created many Anti-Japanese songs to disclose Japanese invaders’ act of violence and boost Chinese army and people’s morale.
As a teenager at that time, Yu memorized these songs.
Now as a gray hair man, he recorded them on paper with the help of two other villagers.
SOUNDBITE(CHINESE)ZHANG BAOHE, Villager of Zhaocun of Hengshui
“Li Jixiang and I helped Yu Mengjiang to compile 69 Anti-Japanese songs in more than three months.”
Yu has also invited the village’s calligraphers to record these songs by calligraphy.
SOUNDBITE(CHINESE)ZHANG XUE, Villager of Zhaocun of Hengshui
“Calligraphy could help further spread the Anti-Japanese songs.”