MaoMi Chinese Podcast Episode 112

#112 Leslie Cheung, a name saddens every Chinese 张国荣,一个让人思念的名字

I am what I am - 我永远都爱这样的我

我永远都爱这样的我
I’ll always love the way I am
快乐是 快乐的方式不只一种
Happiness is…there’s more than one way to be happy
最荣幸是 谁都是造物者的光荣
The biggest blessing is: Everyone is an honor for the Creator
不用闪躲 为我喜欢的生活而活
Needless to hide, I live for the life that I like
不用粉墨 就站在光明的角落
Needless to disguise, I’ll just stand at a corner in the light

我就是我 是颜色不一样的烟火
I am what I am; I am fireworks of a different color
天空海阔 要做最坚强的泡沫
The sky is wide open, the ocean is so broad, and I’ll be the strongest bubble
我喜欢我 让蔷薇开出一种结果
I like what I am. May the rose blossom out into what it wants
孤独的沙漠里 一样盛放的赤裸裸

blossom with no reservation even in a lonely dessert
多么高兴 在琉璃屋中快乐生活
How happy I am, enjoying a life in a glass house
对世界说 甚么是光明和磊落
and telling the world, what is to be bright and honest, fair and square

我就是我 是颜色不一样的烟火
I am what I am; I am fireworks of a different color
天空海阔 要做最坚强的泡沫
The sky is wide open, the ocean is so broad, and I’ll be the strongest bubble
我喜欢我 让蔷薇开出一种结果
I like what I am. May the rose blossom out into what it wants
孤独的沙漠里 一样盛放的赤裸裸
blossom with no reservation even in a lonely dessert
The stone is so big, thank you for being born this way
石头大这么多 感激天生这个

大家好,欢迎回来MaoMi Chinese。我们刚刚听到的歌声,来自张国荣。

张国荣是一个非常有名的歌手,也是一个演员。他非常亲切,也乐于助人。人们都叫他“哥哥”,因为觉得他像自己的哥哥一样亲切。二十年前的4月1日,他跳楼自杀了。刚开始,人们认为他自杀的消息只是愚人节的玩笑,因为4月1日刚好是愚人节。后来,人们发现他真的去世了,人人都觉得不知所措,不能接受这个事实,因为人们太爱他了。他去世的时候只有46岁,人们都觉得他还太年轻了。他是张国荣,他是同性恋,他有抑郁症,20年过去了,他依然被无数人爱着。今天,我们来聊一聊,张国荣,这个依然让人思念的名字。

1956年,张国荣在香港出生。1977年,在他21岁的时候,他成为了歌手。因为他长得很帅很好看,唱歌也很好听,很快,他就出名了,也拿了很多奖。后来,他还成为了演员,演了很多很好的角色。他最出名的的电影是《霸王别姬》,他在这部电影里演了一位京剧演员。张国荣非常勤奋,为了演好这个角色,他在拍电影前学了六个月的京剧,其他什么事情都不做。张国荣还非常喜欢帮助人,一直都在做慈善。他真诚地对待每一个人,也帮了很多人,无论他们是有钱的人,没有钱的人,有名的人,还是普通人。

1997年,张国荣在他的演唱会上向所有人说了自己的秘密——他其实是同性恋,他和他的伴侣已经在一起十多年了。他非常勇敢,但是在那时候的社会里,很多人对同性恋都不理解,也不接受。在那以后,很多报纸写新闻侮辱他,很多人都批评他。然而,张国荣坚持做自己。有一次,记者在大街上拍他和他的伴侣的照片,张国荣一点儿都不害怕,牵起了伴侣的手。2000年,张国荣开了一场演唱会,在演唱会上,他穿了高跟鞋,也穿了裙子。张国荣说过:“我最自豪的不是功成名就,而是我张国荣始终都是张国荣。”

这样勇敢的张国荣,没有打败抑郁症。2003年,他在香港一个酒店的高楼上跳下,自杀了。张国荣很早就离开了这个世界,但是他的影响越来越大。 他一生挚爱的伴侣到现在依然单身,人们对同性恋有了更多的理解,每年的4月1日,无数的人都在怀念他,怀念所有人的“哥哥”。

生命的终点不是死亡,而是被遗忘。我相信,无论还有多少年,张国荣都会被人们思念。就像他唱的歌,“我就是我,颜色不一样的我。”

Hello everyone! Welcome back to MaoMi Chinese.

Twenty years ago on April 1st, a person committed suicide by jumping off a building. His name was Leslie Cheung, a very famous singer and actor. He was very friendly and helpful, and people called him “old brother” because they felt he was like a brother to them. At first, people thought the news of his suicide was just an April Fool’s joke because April 1st is April Fool’s Day. Later, they discovered that he had really passed away, and everyone felt at a loss and couldn’t accept this fact because people loved him too much. He was only 46 years old when he passed away, and people felt he was still too young. He was Leslie Cheung, he was gay, he had depression, and 20 years later, he is still loved by countless people. Today, let’s talk about Leslie Cheung, this name that still makes people miss him.

Leslie Cheung was born in Hong Kong in 1956. In 1977, when he was 21 years old, he became a singer. Because he was very handsome and had a great voice, he quickly became famous and won many awards. Later, he also became an actor and played many great roles. His most famous movie is “Farewell My Concubine”, in which he played a Peking opera actor. Leslie Cheung was very hardworking. In order to play this role well, he learned Peking opera for six months before filming and did nothing else. Leslie Cheung also loved to help people and had always been doing charity work. He sincerely treated everyone and helped many people, whether they were rich, poor, famous, or ordinary.

In 1997, Leslie Cheung revealed his secret to everyone at his concert – he was actually gay, and he had been with his partner for more than ten years. He was very brave, but in the society at that time, many people didn’t understand or accept homosexuality. After that, many newspapers insulted him, and many people criticized him. However, Leslie Cheung insisted on being himself. Once, when a reporter took a picture of him and his partner on the street, Leslie Cheung was not afraid at all and held his partner’s hand. In 2000, Leslie Cheung held a concert and wore high heels and a skirt. Leslie Cheung once said, “I am most proud not of my achievements, but of being Leslie Cheung all the time.”

Leslie Cheung, who was so brave, was not able to overcome his depression. In 2003, he jumped off a high floor of a hotel in Hong Kong and committed suicide. Leslie Cheung left this world early, but his influence has grown stronger. His partner, whom he loved all his life, is still single to this day, and people have a better understanding of homosexuality. Every year on April 1st, countless people remember him and remember their “old brother.”

The end of life is not death but being forgotten. I believe that no matter how many years pass, Leslie Cheung will be missed by people. Just like his song, ‘I am what I am; I am fireworks of a different color’

2 thoughts on “#112 Leslie Cheung, a name saddens every Chinese 张国荣,一个让人思念的名字”

  1. Did you write the last line Molly (石头大这么多感激天生这个)? He doesn’t seem to sing it in the song…. 🙂

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