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This Song Will Get You Through Literally Every Awkward Dinner With Your Family

Whether you celebrate Spring Festival or not, this song will help you make it to the other side of any family gathering.

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The Chinese New Year the biggest festival for people of Chinese descent, is around the corner BUT OMFG it can be stressful! Thankfully, a new satirical choir song sings through the pain and into our hearts.

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The lyrics of the song, "Spring Festival Survival Toolkit," released last week on Weibo and YouTube, demonstrates how uncomfortable questions from family and relatives can be.

"How much do you make in a month? Why not come work for my company instead?" goes one line from the perspective of a "loving" uncle.


Just Being Generally Unhelpful:

"You should know you're miles behind" the "rich neighbor next door" who has a "Rolex, Apple Watch, and Fitbit on his wrists" and a son that's going to be "the next Mark Zuckerburg."


The song ends on hopeful tone, saying that everyone deserves to choose one's own life and the best way to spend family gathering is to put aside disagreement and indulge in the much purer "Mahjong all-nighter."

The genius product of Rainbow Chamber Singers, a Shanghai-based amateur choir group that's no stranger to going viral, who've opened up an unlikely form of satire performance — ~choral singing~.

"What I Do Is For Your Own Good," the song's English title, is a common catchphrase of Chinese parents.

Video of a live performance has been viewed over 30 million times on Weibo.

Like its Chinese title suggests, it's composed specifically to cure "Spring Festival syndrome" in conditions that "parents force you to think about marriage, outflanked by relatives and their crazy kids as well as the successful legendary neighbors," the group wrote on its official Weibo account.


And it was watched over 3.5 million times on Facebook after Taiwanese internet and TV picked it up.


"The relatable divine song for spending the New Year," reads a banner in a news clip of Taiwan's Chung T'ien Television.

The group first went viral last year in a debut performance of a song with a weird name: “Zhang Shichao, Where the Hell Did You Put My House Key Last Night?”

It used the grand form of chorus symphony to tell a total mundane story of a man who can't get back in his apartment in a wintry night after his roommate goes out with their key to see a girl, and won the hearts of Chinese internet overnight.

And the composer and conductor of the songs, Jin Chengzhi, has continued in coming up with more and more great chorus music for young people to laugh and cry over.

Beimeng Fu is a BuzzFeed News World Reporter covering China and is based in New York.

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