Daddy Chang is a Chinese Muslim rapper originally from Canada but is now based in Shanghai. Here is his latest rap in support of the Japanese people regarding the recent tragedy in Japan.
Here are the lyrics and translation from the website ChinaSMACK.
“我的邻居” [“My Neighbor”] Lyrics and English Translations:
[Note: Rap lyrics can be very difficult to translate accurately. Please feel free to offer corrections or suggestions in the comments below.]
My neighbors, I am praying for you,
I hope in the future we will no longer compare ourselves over our position in Asia
Right now you are weak, so I will put aside arguing about history for now
though it doesn’t mean I will no longer be against having been attacked
My enemy, I still remember our Wenchuan Earthquake,
at the time you too sent a rescue team to my motherland in support
So I hope this song will bring you some comfort
and in the dark lonely night, give you some light
Chinese are also human, and I’m not afraid of losing this face
Yes, they are our enemy, but I am unable to embody
the attitude of gloating at others’ misfortunes, that is definitely not the Chinese way!
We represent peace, so I have decided to donate
some cash, wrapped in a Muslim letter,
and sent to the [Taiwan] Tzu Chi Foundation
Of course, my donation to Yunnan province was 10x and up!
Because blood is thicker than water, this is principle.
Representing myself, I don’t represent all my brothers [fellow countrymen]
because the historical setback/hurt they have suffered is still very present [in their hearts]!
My attitude, only represents Chinese values of peace!
I am personally resolutely against things like celebrating natural disasters
It is not courage, this is a kind of human morality
Let all my fellow countrymen who disagree come and curse me
But I have the responsibility, to raise mankind’s character!
As a Chinese person, I represent the Chinese in wishing the best for the Japanese!
Because the facts of history has given us scars,
but the lesson of scars does not mean China can lose its mind,
This tsunami, has killed many of our neighbors
and the bodies of many family members for many families are unable to be buried
Just like the tragedy we ourselves have also had in history
Refugees and ruins and the like are all grievances we too have had
but always holding a grudge is not what Confucius taught
I sincerely hope that repaying evil with good has effectiveness in bringing peace
Our neighbors in the past, said that China has no character
I now show you the cultural aims of Chinese people:
Peace to the world, praying that the entire planet will have plenty of food
working towards peaceful development, walking towards proper/just principles and goals
In the past I cursed those who admired Japan as traitors,
But much of their culture, is indeed worth respecting
Like the rare hope and order maintained by the people after the disaster
this is worth us learning from