Peking University president’s Chemistry song is dubbed “The Divine Comedy”
“Chemistry, you are so powerful; chemistry, no wonder you cannot but have to be hot.” Following web song “Tante”, this song called “Chemistry is you, chemistry is me” soon becomes hot online with lyrics written byZhouQifengPekingUniversity, President and sung byPekingUniversitystudent chorus. It is dubbed “The Divine Comedy” by Chinese netizens and soon sparks online controversy.
The video was uploaded to Sina Weibo.com and quickly raised concerns. The entire length of the song is only 4 minutes, and dozens of young students sang the song, what catch people’s eyes is that the lyrics writer is Zhou Qifeng, headmaster of Peking Uiniversty and performers are from chorus of Peking University.
“What is chemistry, chemistry is you, what is chemistry, chemistry is me.” The lyrics are written in big truth, for example parents gave birth to you and me “is the result of chemical processes”, the human digestive system “is a place of chemical process.” At least from chemist’s view, human memory, thinking and even emotions are the result of chemical processes of substances.
Zhou Qifeng is president of Peking University and a famous polymer chemist.
The song was created and then sung in the celebration party of “2011 International Chemistry Year and Peking University Chemistry Cultural Festival”. Although this song was created under the “force” from students, Zhou Qifeng said that he had bigger “ambition”: “I hope more people like it, and then begin to love chemistry; also I want this song to enter chemistry textbooks and sung by more students.”
When the video was posted to weibo.com, it soon becomes the new hot topic and ranks top 10 at Baidu search Billboard.
Most netizens hold attitudes of criticism, ridiculing the president is not serious and that the song itself is shocking. “The most amazing thing is from actor to audience, all are HELD (still and no move)” another netizen said, “chemical process is beginning, and I feel like vomiting up.”
Some scholars also criticized it. Xu Jilin，a Well-known scholar, wrote on weibo.com, that “PekingUniversitypresident, have a little self-love, please.PekingUniversitystudents, please you have some self-esteem.” In Peking University BBS, some students relate chemistry to toxic milk powder, lean and other food scandals, and adapted the lyrics as “chemistry harms you, chemistry harms me.”
化学究竟是什么 化学就是你 化学究竟是什么 化学就是我 化学究竟为什么 化学为了你 化学究竟为什么 化学为了我 父母生下生下的你我 lalala是化学过程的结果 你我你我的消化系统 lalala是化学过程的场所 记忆和思维活动 要借化学过程来描摹 要借化学过程来描摹 描摹描摹 即便你我的喜怒哀乐 也是化学神出鬼没 也是化学物质的神出鬼没 化学你原来如此神奇给力 哦化学难怪你不能不火 哦四海兄弟我们携手努力 哦为人类的航船奋力扬 Translation: What is chemistry? Chemistry is you What is chemistry? Chemistry is me What is chemistry for? Chemistry is for you What is chemistry for? Chemistry is for me Parents give birth to you and me lalala it is the result of chemical process Your and my digestive system lalala is a place of chemical process Memory and thinking activities Can be depicted as chemical process Can be depicted as chemical process Depict, depict Even if you and my emotions Are also a result of chemical process Are also created by Chemical substances. Chemistry, you are so magical and powerful Oh, no wonder you cannot but have to be hot Oh brothers, let’s work together Oh, struggle for the advance of human ship