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#55 Sappy Music Videos

Posted April 8th, 2008 by Peter · 16 Comments

It’s a phenomenon you may have observed ““ a bunch of Asians strike up a conversation about popular music and huddle around a computer to watch a Chinese/Korean/Japanese/etc music video that they’ve illegally downloaded. Three minutes later, all the girls are crying (plus maybe that one guy who’s trying to prove that he’s got a sensitive side to that girl he has a crush on).

It probably doesn’t seem that strange initially ““ girls all around the world tune into sad movies for a good cry; Asians appreciate a song, film, or book that can touch them emotionally just like anyone else. Then they’ll watch a few more and eventually realize that the female love interest has a zero percent chance of survival. It’s usually a crappy driver that get’s her, but however it ends, you know that the moment the boy and girl make eye contact, she’s doomed.

You see, Asians don’t just want touching, tragic love stories in their movies, books, and television series, they want them in their music videos too ““ rather than naked girls and drugs (you could chalk it up to conservative culture and/or iron censorship). The plot line is typically about as diverse as a Michael Bay film ““ boy meets girl, boy and girl falls in love, girl gets hit by car/suffers debilitating accident/has brain aneurism/etc. And the music videos for the ultimate chart toppers are mostly like this ““ Asians really love these relentlessly sad videos.

Here are some examples, loosely in order of how many Kleenexes you’ll need by the end.

Falling Leaf Returns to Roots, by Wang Lee Hom:

Mouse Loves Rice, by Yan Cheng Gang, performed by Xiang Xiang

Because I’m a Girl, by KISS

Tong Hua [Fairytale], by Guang Liang

You ok there? *sniffle* “¦Uh, something in my eye.

So what does this all mean? I think the idealists among us would say that it indicates the strong belief in love, sacrifice, fate, and destiny amongst Asians. A happily-ever-after ending is nice, but in all of these never-meant-to-be stories is the idea of a love so pure that it transcends everyday life and lives on in memory, and not even death can stop it.

What would the cynics say? They’d probably just ask, ‘why didn’t the guy in “˜Because I’m a Girl’ just donate one eye instead of both?”

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16 responses so far ↓

  • 1 avaliant // Apr 8, 2008 at 11:57 pm

    I’ve seen the eye video before… So weird… I think this must be more of an Asian thing and less ABC (ABA?) because I definitely don’t watch these videos much.

  • 2 sya // Apr 9, 2008 at 9:12 am

    Or, the cynic could say that traditionally people didn’t usually marry for love. So in any love story, things always ended tragically as a moral for others to not fall in love.

  • 3 Justin // Apr 9, 2008 at 6:06 pm

    the videos are so sad =(

  • 4 LG // Apr 10, 2008 at 12:44 pm

    oh the “because i’m a girl” video. haha. i remember when all the asian girls got a view of that in high school and would put it on their xanga/livejournal/myspace before it became the way it is now.

    and yes, i did tear up at the end. now, i do think, why didn’t he just donate one eye? why hasn’t he gotten a donation of a pair of eyes? or why didn’t he check his dark room to make sure everything was in check? oh the endless cynic possibilities…

  • 5 car donation // Apr 15, 2008 at 3:35 am

    The plot line is typically about as diverse as a Michael Bay film ““ boy meets girl, boy and girl falls in love, girl gets hit by car/suffers debilitating accident/has brain aneurism/etc. And the music videos for the ultimate chart

  • 6 YF // Apr 19, 2008 at 6:21 pm

    Its so true, but I guess watching soppy videos helps me to cry and hence, reduce stress in a way? Here’s another that my friend found. Its slightly different to the ones that you’ve listed, but touching in its own way too.

    Nevertheless, I’m still a fan of happy endings :)

  • 7 Mrs. Wang // Apr 24, 2008 at 2:28 pm

    Of course! I love Wang Lee Hom!

  • 8 Crystal // May 10, 2008 at 8:04 pm

    OMG this is so true. As we speak my friends are sending me videos … am I considered too white-washed if I don’t watch 1) variety shows 2) music videos 3) dramas, unless you count Gossip Girl and Law and Order? HAha

  • 9 Zuki // Jul 20, 2008 at 4:02 pm

    EH?!?! Is the first pic of Vic Chou?!!?

    <3 him!

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  • 11 got-rice // Nov 11, 2009 at 7:36 pm

    LOL…what happened to the days when Asians (or AZNs) were lipsynching to the latest boy bands? ‘NChink FTW!

  • 12 Seri // Jul 27, 2010 at 4:53 am

    When I first watched Tong Hua some time ago, I did cry =P Guang Liangs videos are touching >_> especially Jolin Tsai, when she’s not being overly sexy.

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