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西红柿 (xīhóngshì): tomato
 
西红柿 (xīhóngshì): tomato
  
[[File:hongge2.gif|thumb|right|''Red song performance in Chongqing. Bo Xilai stand to the left.'']][[File:hongge1.jpg|250px|thumb|right|''“Red songs will be passed on for ten thousand generations: Performance by the masses of Chongqing.” (Xinhua)'']]The word for tomato sounds the same in Chinese as 西红市, “western red city” which refers to Chongqing. The reason Chongqing has become the “western red city” is because of an ambitious program to encourage residents to sing “red songs.” As reported in the [http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/apr/22/red-songs-chinese-cultural-revolution Guardian]:
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[[File:hongge2.gif|400px|thumb|right|''Red song performance in Chongqing. Bo Xilai stands to the left.'']]Sounds the same as “western red city” (西红市 xī hóng shì). During his tenure as Chongqing Party Secretary, Bo Xilai created an ambitious program to encourage residents to sing “red songs.” Bo’s charisma and embrace of the [http://chinadigitaltimes.net/china/mao-zedong/ Mao]-era culture captivated China and the world. Former U.S. Secretary of State [http://chinadigitaltimes.net/2011/06/you-cant-have-a-party-without-music-a-red-song-primer/ Henry Kissinger visited the “western red city” in the summer of 2011] and watched a mass performance of red songs—just months before the murder of British businessman [http://chinadigitaltimes.net/china/neil-heywood/ Neil Heywood] which would strike down Bo’s star.  
 
 
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The south-western Chinese city has launched the musical campaign to mark this year's 90th anniversary of the Communist party's birth. <br>
 
 
 
 
 
Television and radio stations are broadcasting the tunes, newspapers are carrying the scores and officials are arranging public performances of Love of the Red Flag and Good Men Should Become Soldiers. <br>
 
 
 
 
 
Officials are also urging artists to help train people "to raise a fever of singing red [revolutionary] songs," according to the People's Daily website.
 
The initiative is the latest phase in the "red culture movement" launched by the city's ambitious party boss Bo Xilai.  
 
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Revision as of 22:59, 29 July 2013

西红柿 (xīhóngshì): tomato

Red song performance in Chongqing. Bo Xilai stands to the left.

Sounds the same as “western red city” (西红市 xī hóng shì). During his tenure as Chongqing Party Secretary, Bo Xilai created an ambitious program to encourage residents to sing “red songs.” Bo’s charisma and embrace of the Mao-era culture captivated China and the world. Former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger visited the “western red city” in the summer of 2011 and watched a mass performance of red songs—just months before the murder of British businessman Neil Heywood which would strike down Bo’s star.