Peng Liyuan, wife of the next President of China Xi Jinping, performs the “Laundry Song”, a 50-year-old propaganda classic which purports to be sung by Tibetans desperate for the PLA and the Communist Party to liberate them.
Tibetan overseas website High Peaks Pure Earth:
The song tells the familiar Socialist narrative of the army and the people being one. For the Sino-Tibetan relationship though, the song puts the Tibetans firmly in a position of subservience, as natives, full of gratitude for the help of the benevolent People’s Liberation Army. The trope of washing clothes fits in also with the Socialist preoccupation with Patriotic Hygiene, [since] observing hygiene rules came to be seen as patriotic.
There have been 57 self-immolations by Tibetan protesters since February 2009.
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