New Chinese Communist Party Rap Video Promotes Honesty

Professor Jon Taylor in his Twitter feed noted the latest Chinese official rap video promulgated to enlighten the masses. 

 The rap video begins with a country is like a big family. My Dad and Mom told me that loving your family means loving the collectivity 集体, loving the state, being an honest person and obeying the law.
This Chinese rap style video entitled Honest China 清廉中国 was produced by the Luoyang City Communist Party Committee and recommended (on its website) by the Chinese Communist Party Discipline and Inspection Commission.
The rap video echoes a classical text written over two thousand years ago that has been attributed to Confucius — The Great Learning.


Watch the video on the website of the Chinese Communist Party Central Committee’s Central Discipline and Inspection Commission

Other anti-corruption and honesty promoting publicity materials are at

From Wikipedia:

 What the Great Learning teaches is: to illustrate illustrious virtue; to renovate the people; and to rest in the highest excellence.
The point where to rest being known, the object of pursuit is then determined; and, that being determined, an unperturbed calmness may be attained to.
To that calmness there will succeed a tranquil repose. In that repose there may be careful deliberation, and that deliberation will be followed by the attainment of the desired end.
Things have their root and their branches. Affairs have their end and their beginning. To know what is first and what is last will lead near to what is taught in the Great Learning.
The ancients who wished to illustrate illustrious virtue throughout the world, first ordered well their own States.
Wishing to order well their States, they first regulated their families.
Wishing to regulate their families, they first cultivated their persons.
Wishing to cultivate their persons, they first rectified their hearts.
Wishing to rectify their hearts, they first sought to be sincere in their thoughts.
Wishing to be sincere in their thoughts, they first extended to the utmost of their knowledge.
Such extension of knowledge lay in the investigation of things.
Things being investigated, knowledge became complete.
Their knowledge being complete, their thoughts were sincere.
Their thoughts being sincere, their hearts were then rectified.
Their hearts being rectified, their persons were cultivated.
Their persons being cultivated, their families were regulated.
Their families being regulated, their States were rightly governed.
Their States being rightly governed, the entire world was at peace.
From the Son of Heaven down to the mass of the people, all must consider the cultivation of the person the root of everything besides.
It cannot be, when the root is neglected, that what should spring from it will be well ordered.
It never has been the case that what was of great importance has been slightly cared for, and, at the same time, that what was of slight importance has been greatly cared for.

When I read the last line —  “It never has been the case that what was of great importance has been slightly cared for, and, at the same time, that what was of slight importance has been greatly cared for.

其所厚者薄,而其所薄者厚,—     I realized that if Confucius could write that, it must mean that Confucius didn’t have an Internet connection back then in the State of Lu.  The Internet only came later when the First Emperor of Qin unified the networking protocols and so created the Internet.


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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