Sounds recorded at relocated Wenchuan Shuimou Middle School in
Handclap game performed by sisters Garang & Lalang Zuo
The Wenchuan Shuimou Middle School was relocated from the
earthquake zone in the mountains of western Sichuan to an old
factory in the city of Emeishan in the foothills of southwest
Sichuan. The teachers talked with us about the severity of the
remaining mental and emotional impact of the earthquake on the
students, but at recess, nothing kept the kids from having fun.
Despite having few material possessions, the kids were able to make
games of everything around them, from turning stone tablets into
ping pong tables to transforming stones into jacks to handclap
games. This song incorporates the sounds recorded on the playground
and around the school over three days. The tune that repeats twice
during the song is the campus school bell also known as the melody
to the national song The East is Red〈东方红〉.