Beijing aunties perform dance to mark Japan WWII surrender
Wednesday, September 03, 2014 - 01:09
A dance troupe consisting of mostly middle-aged Beijing women perform a patriotic dance on the 69th anniversary of Japan's World War Two surrender. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
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STORY: As Chinese leaders attended ceremonies for China's first national victory day for its war against Japan from 1937-45, a troupe of middle-aged dancers in Beijing performed their own rendition of Japan's historic surrender on Wednesday.
Top Chinese leaders including President Xi Jinping led a memorial ceremony on Wednesday morning to commemorate the 69th anniversary of what China called a "Victory Day" in its war against Japanese invasion in World War Two.
This was China's first commemoration of Victory Day, after September 3 was designated for national commemoration earlier this year.
In Beijing that same evening, a large crowd gathered for a performance by Nanguan art group featuring patriotic flag-waving and military marches -- not an uncommon sight in a country where it is common for the elderly to be seen singing communist "Red Songs" in public or dancing in public areas.
But Nanguan has attracted attention in recent days because of several dance routines featured in their 90-minute evening performance - one of which included two male dancers dressed as WWII-era Japanese soldiers surrendering to a group of female dancers clad in People's Liberation Army uniforms.
The Nanguan group, with over 40 members, has been performing in front of the Raffles department store in east Beijing for nearly six years, but organizers said that they only started doing the current routine as of this year.
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