Remembering the dream of Malaysia : Chrysanthemum Terrace

In Gerakan Harapan Baru on 22/10/2015 at 11:35

Lost and stucked in Malaysia, we Chinese pendatang had this song to remind ourselves during our years away from a broken nation.

Just thought of sharing this JayChou’s love song for a people with a few rakan-rakan Melayu who is facing a fading nation these days.

【 菊花台 】
词:方文山 曲:周杰伦


你的泪光 柔弱中带伤
Your tears, in weakness, brought forth sorrow
惨白的月弯弯 勾出过往
Pale Half moon brought forth old memories
夜太漫长 凝结成了霜
Night has been too long, causing dew to freeze
Who is still there in the Corridor of Power to contemplate despair
雨轻轻弹 朱红色的窗
Rain drops stroking the red window

我一生在纸上 被风吹乱
My whole life on a piece of paper blown by chaos
梦在远方 化成一缕香
Dreams from far away become just a distance fragrance
Blew away by the wind like your image from distance past
菊花残 满地殇 你的笑容已泛黄
Chrysanthemum withers, deaths found everywhere, your smile fades
花落人断肠 我心事静静淌
Flower falls, people withers; my heart silently weeps
北风乱 夜未央 你的影子剪不断
Northwind roars, night is still long; yet your shadow could not be cut
徒留我孤单 在湖面 成双
Being alone, I see only my shadow besides the pond/

Don’t ask where I am from .. Taiye Selasi

In Gerakan Harapan Baru on 08/10/2015 at 13:33

History is real, culture is real, but country only comes about 400 years ago.
All experience is local. I am a local, multi-local.
Taiye comes from United States is not real. But, Taiye comes from Brooklyn is real.
Despite I like Ghanian food, I have no relationship with the Republic of Ghana, …

Tell me your local affairs .. our experience is where I am from.

Rituals, Relationships, and Restrictions.
Where are these happening. Country doesn’t quite work.
We are quite a multi-local.
Definition of Melayu in our Constitution half a century ago, says exactly that.

Countries expresses only Power.
Mexico, .. no power.
United States, Germany, power.
Russia, China, ambigous.

The more local culture, the richer our human experience.

Taiye reminds me of a song in Chinese, Olive tree: don’t ask where I am from.

Ask why I am a pendatang…

馬來人看華人 vs 華人看馬來人

In Gerakan Harapan Baru on 07/10/2015 at 09:10

Shila Amzah in front of a billion Chinese

Merdeka Shuffle 4.0



WAKE UP! Malaysian Rapper United (Namewee / Ashtaka / 5Forty2)

Beyond: 光輝歲月
A billion Communist singing this song, in spite …

The bell chimes the signal to go home

在他生命里, 仿佛带点唏嘘
In his life, still carries a sigh of regret

Dark skin gives him the meaning of life

是一生奉献, 肤色斗争中
A life devoted to the struggle of color

Passage of time takes away all that he possessed

Even that glimpse of hope from his fatigue eyes

All is left today is a mere empty shell

to welcome the glorious past

holding fast to freedom in the midst of wind and rain.

A lifetime of loss and struggle

Believing in one’s ability to change the future

Dare ask who can accomplish that?

“Takkan Melayu Hilang di Dunia” — Wake Up, Melayu.
You will surely hilang, as we hilang in this Tanah Melayu.

Post-Note: Did not realize Grace Lee Bog has just completed her last day with us after being us for a hundred year. Beyond’s song could be real tribute to Grace Lee Bog.
Wonder how many mainland Chinese who adores Beyond’s song know about this Grace Lee Bog.



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