Two decades ago, Song of the Seven Sons was heard at every street corner in China. Its lines are a group of seven patriotic poems. They compare the seven ceded or leased areas in China, including the current Macao Special Administrative Region (SAR), Hong Kong SAR and Taiwan province to seven children who were separated from the motherland.
Earlier this month, a new version of the song was released, to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Macao’s return.
“Since I was a little girl, I’ve heard Rong Yunlin sing this song,” Long Chi-lam, 11, a Grade 6 student at Pui Ching Middle School of Macao, told China News Service. “Now I am the new generation singer.”
An internet user also wrote on Sina Weibo, “What touches me the most is that I remembered Rong did not speak Putonghua (the national, standardized form of Mandarin) very well, but the children in Macao nowadays have done better.”
Education in Macao has seen progress. Since 2007, Macao students have been eligible for free public education totaling 15 years, from kindergarten to high school.
It’s just one of many areas of life quality that have been greatly improved thanks to continued economic growth in Macao over the past 20 years.
Chui Sai-on, chief executive of the Macao SAR, said that the key to Macao’s success is that the SAR government strictly follows the Basic Law and the principle of “one country, two systems”.
Lvzi is the online name of a Macao-born student who lives in Quanzhou, Fujian. The 22-year-old is an example of loving Macao, loving China. She is a popular vlogger on the video-sharing website Bilibili, covering various topics that range from her life in Macao to amazing experiences on the Chinese mainland.
But she did receive harsh comments and questions about her identity as a Chinese citizen. That led her to make a video statement: “I am a Macao permanent resident possessing Chinese nationality,” she said. “Being Chinese is my bottom line.”
Indeed, it is the bottom line, just as it is for all Chinese people.