雾锁南洋 Fog-shrouded Nanyang (The Awakening)

雾锁南洋 Fog-shrouded Nanyang (The Awakening):

雾锁南洋-新加坡电视剧-雾锁南洋主题歌
唱:孙振福
词:梁立人/木子 曲:蓝兆庞

人世间曾有多少离合悲欢
生命中曾有几许无奈沧桑
雾起在南方 雾落在南方
朝阳可曾藏心坎

过去的记忆你是否已经遗忘
祖先的流离可曾使你惆怅
雾起在南方 雾落在南方
重重迷雾锁南洋

望远方天水茫茫
浓雾中何处是家乡
向远方冲过险滩
浓雾散见我新家乡

过去的记忆世代不可遗忘
祖先的流离使我生命更坚强
雾起在南方 雾落在南方
重重迷雾锁南洋

带希望努力垦荒 带理想开拓新家乡
用希望换取希望 用理想创造新理想

充满信心向前望
不必迷惘 黑暗到了尽头
就会出现曙光
雾起在南方 雾落在南方
朝阳一出迷雾消

Fog-shrouded Nanyang (The Awakening)

In this world, how many reunions and farewells, joys and sorrows once passed
In this life, how much despair and vicissitudes can there be
The fog rises in the South, the fog fades in the South
Does the rising sun hide its pains deep within its farthest reaches

Have you already forgotten the memories of the past
Did our ancestors’ forced wanderings and perilous journeys (away from their homeland) ever made you sad and disconsolate
The fog rises in the South, the fog fades in the South
The thick and heavy fog (difficulties) shrouds over Nanyang (South Seas)

Gazing into the distance, the sky and waters (horizon) is endless
Just where is our homeland in this thick fog
Setting sight into the distance, charging past the perilous reefs and beaches
The thick fog disperses and I see my new homeland

The memories of the past must never be forgotten by latter generations
Our ancestors’ forced wanderings and perilous journeys strengthens my will and life
The fog rises in the South, the fog fades in the South
The thick and heavy fog shrouds over Nanyang

Bringing our hopes and determination as we open up this wilderness
Bringing our ideals as we develop our new homeland
Exchanging hopes for new aspirations
Creating new ambitions from old ideals

Looking ahead with full confidence
Despair no more, at the edge of the darkness
Shall appear the break of dawn
The fog rises in the South, the fog fades in the South
The appearance of the rising sun disperses the fog

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Awakening_(Singapore_TV)

The Awakening (Traditional Chinese: 霧鎖南洋, Simplified Chinese: 雾锁南洋) is a 1984 television drama series produced by Singapore Broadcasting Corporation to celebrate the nation’s 25th National Day celebrations. The series mainly covers the Chinese Singaporean experience in Singapore, from the first generation of Chinese immigrants, who arrived to a relatively undeveloped island, through the Japanese occupation periods, and to the Chinese Singaporeans at the present day (1984), who resides in a developed nation that is radically different from the land their ancestors arrived to.

There are two parts to the series, and two sections in each of the parts:

First Series

  • The Awakening: Eternity (霧鎖南洋之地久天長) covers the travails of Chinese Singaporeans, who came to Singapore as migrants from China in the early part of the 20th Century. The most famous characters are Ah Mei and Ah Shui (played by Xiang Yun and Huang Wenyong.)
  • The Awakening: Before the Dawn of the Lion City (霧鎖南洋之獅城拂曉/雾锁南洋之狮城拂晓) covers the Japanese occupation of Singapore.

Second Series

  • The Awakening: Through the Storm Together (霧鎖南洋之風雨同舟/雾锁南洋之风雨同舟) covers the years after the Japanese occupation, and the events that led to Singapore’s independence.
  • The Awakening: Dawn at the Equator (霧鎖南洋之赤道朝陽/雾锁南洋之赤道朝阳) covers the development of Singapore after its independence.

This was THE television drama series then, during my primary school years in the 80s. Everyone watched it and talked about it, from five year-olds newly born into the Tiger economy of 1980’s Singapore, to eighty-five year-olds who lived through much of the history and background covered by the drama series.

If not for the focus on just one racial group, it could had been used as material for our social studies and history classes. Actually, it was.
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Veteran MediaCorp actor Huang Wenyong has died
http://www.straitstimes.com/breaking-news/singapore/story/veteran-mediacorp-actor-huang-wenyong-has-died-20130420

RIP ah shui…

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