The renowned American basketball player Jeremy Lin has taken the internet by storm after he uploaded a Chinese rap video to his Facebook page yesterday afternoon in celebration of the upcoming Mother’s Day.
The video was titled “I heard you don’t believe I can speak Mandarin.” In the video, Jeremy can be seen rapping in Chinese to background music. At the end of the video his mother makes a brief appearance as he says Happy Mother’s Day to her.
The video reportedly gained over 40,000 likes in less than an hour, with most web users commenting that he was very sweet and kind to his mother.
Here are the Chinese lyrics:
我最近不健康, 变很胖, 加五六磅,
中文绕舌(或老师), 让我告诉你, 沒问题
我不满意, 还要进步, 中文继续学,
Yeah! We did it!!
A fan named Popo Chung translated the lyrics into English:
I heard that you don’t believe I can speak Mandarin,
Why you don’t believe I can use Chinese.
Listen to me. Let me gradually persuade you.
I love my family: sister-in-law, Yaya (Joshua Lin, elder brother) and Lin Gie-ming (dad),
Don’t forget younger bro and mom, her name is Wu Xin-xin (Shirley Lin).
Recently I become unhealthier, fatter, and gained five to six pounds.
The best matter is that I don’t need to eat my mom’s soup.
Chinese RAP (or teacher), let me tell you, it’s no problem.
From beginning to end, just say Mandarin 哪里哪里.
I am unsatisfied and gonna make more progress. I’ll continue to study Mandarin.
But the objective of this weekend is to celebrate Mother’s Day!!
Yeah! We did it!!
Replying to his fans on Facebook, Jeremy said that he had written the lyrics himself. He also said that it was filmed without many edits and that he was very excited to spend time with his mother.
Watch the video on Youtube:
Or on Tudou:
In January of 2013, a documentary about the rise of Jeremy Lin and the phenomena of “Linsanity” made its debut at the Sundance Film Festival.
By Lucy Liu and Dominic Jackson