Singer Chuanzi (real name 姜亚川 Jiang Yachuan) was a troubled teen who ended up in jail. But after being released, he forged a new career as an entertainer. When he appeared on China’s Got Talent with his singing dog “Dudu” he became an instant hit. “Zheng Qianhua” is one of his best known songs. It’s about a new father who names his daughter “Zheng Qianhua,” which literally means, “to earn the money to spend.” 

“I have a friend surnamed Zheng who was very happy at the birth of his daughter. He wanted me to help him write a song for her. So I asked him what her name was, he said Zheng Qianhua. I was so surprised I didn’t believe it, but he swore it was true. And he wanted me to write his daughter into a song. My friend has guts, and I promised him I would, so I wrote ‘Zheng Qianhua.’”

It’s a simple song, but its economic analysis is faultless. In other countries birthrates have sunk far below China’s — without the repressive, inhumane, unspeakably cruel, one-child policy. Here are some of the lyrics:

Your daddy will always give you his best wishes.
But baby, do you know something,
Do you know how hard it is to make a buck these days!
Do you know how damn hard it is to raise a kid!
So is there honestly any need for the one-child policy?
Our great motherland, she’s got loads of cash!
Four billion in stimulus, but it ain’t got nothing to do with me.
Our proud GDP, it grows and grows and grows!
But can it buy me any diapers in return?
China Digital Times, Aug 18

Michael Cook

Michael Cook is the editor of MercatorNet.