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Published Saturday, August 24, 19 | By PaulvHill

contributed by Ronna Fleischman

The official national anthem of China is called March of the Volunteers. It was written in 1935, with lyrics by the poet and playwright Tian Han and music by composer Nie Er.  The composition was a musical march. The piece was first performed as part of a propaganda play in 1934.  It honored those who went to the front to fight the Japanese invaders in northeast China in the 1930’s.  Both Tian Han and Nie Er were active in the resistance. Popular myth suggests that Tian wrote the song on a tobacco paper after being arrested in Shanghai and thrown into a Kuomintang jail in 1935. Read More 

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