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Monday, October 10, 2005

The artistic side of tax in China

I was recently rooting around in my hard disk for something and came across this item - a motivational song for tax collectors - which I translated many years ago. I hope readers enjoy it.

TaxlogoThe Motherland Is in My Heart
(From Zhongguo Shuiwu (Chinese Taxation), No. 3, 1990)

Words: Chen Jingxin
Music: Wang Shuangyin

Proudly and with deep feeling

The national emblem is on my cap
And the motherland is in my heart.
We are glorious tax workers.

A historic mission is on our shoulders:
To collect wealth for the Four Modernizations of the State,
To promote the flourishing of the economy.
We do not fear difficulties or dangers,
We go throughout all the towns and villages;
We do not fear difficulties or dangers,
We go throughout all the towns and villages.

The national emblem is on my cap
And the motherland is in my heart.
We are glorious tax workers.

A sacred responsibility is on our shoulders:
To struggle for the administration of taxes according to law,
To stand at our post in order to see that policies are strictly followed.
We have a thousand stratagems
For stopping tax evasion;
We have a thousand stratagems
For stopping tax evasion.

The national emblem is on my cap
And the motherland is in my heart.
We are glorious tax workers.

An exalted faith is in our hearts:
To devote ourselves to socialism,
To strive for the cause of tax collection.
We are willing servants of the people
And vigorously promote honest practices;
We are willing servants of the people
And vigorously promote honest practices.

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