Gramophonics Ballad “Deng Xiaoping” Sings of Modern China

After much persuasion, the Gramophonic lead singer for the bilingual ballad Deng Xiaoping has finally allowed me to tell you about it. The ballad tells the story of Deng Xiaoping and China’s reform and opening in American folk song idiom. “Deng Xiaoping” works as both art and as Chinese modern history. It may even help students cramming for their modern Chinese history exam. Or at least get them to relax.

A snatch of lyrics from “Deng Xiaoping” to stir your interest:

“Deng Xiaoping, Deng Xiaoping
Five foot tall but a tough little thing
Let cats catch mice all through the land

Deng was mighty sore
When the posters called for more
Demand for change just wouldn’t be condoned!

Tao your guang and yang your hui

We’ll have a xiaokang shehui someday

Gramophonic Sings "Deng Xiaoping"

Gramophonic Sings “Deng Xiaoping”

The band Gramophonic plays regularly to audiences in the Washington, DC area.

Watch the Deng Xiaoping ballad on Youtube:

The website:


Twitter handle is @gramophonicdc

About 高大伟 David Cowhig

Worked 25 years as a US State Department Foreign Service Officer including ten years at US Embassy Beijing and US Consulate General Chengdu and four years as a China Analyst in the Bureau of Intelligence and Research. Before State I translated Japanese and Chinese scientific and technical books and articles into English freelance for six years. Before that I taught English at Tunghai University in Taiwan for three years. And before that I worked two summers on Norwegian farms, milking cows and feeding chickens.
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