15 January, 2011 : China’s National Anthem by Niu Bizi

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roar of the nation

We recently received the images for the book, ‘Roar of the Nation’, it’s a compilation of underground songs from the late 1930s, where Huang Yao has drawn a Niu Bizi to accompany the verses of the song. What was pointed out to me, which I did not know before was the last 6 pages of this book is now the national anthem of China. That’s quite incredible. I think this may be the first drawings of the national anthem. 

Arise! All who refuse to be slaves!

Let our flesh and blood forge into our new Great Wall!

As the Chinese people faces its greatest peril,

Every person is forced to expel his very last cry.

Arise! Arise! Arise! Our million hearts beating as one,

Brave the enemy's fire, March on!

Brave the enemy's fire, March on! March on! March on! On!

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