Kids' song: "Let's do nucleic acid"

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The subtitles explain what's going on:


zuò hésuān


"do / make nucleic acid"

Using the cultural weight of traditional Chinese poetry to rally people around regular nucleic acid testing and other mandates.

"Li Bai and I are doing nucleic acids"

"Lu You and I are doing nucleic acids"

"Du Mu and I are doing nucleic acids"


Selected readings


  1. Joshua K. said,

    October 31, 2022 @ 1:03 pm

    Can someone explain this in greater detail? I'm baffled.

  2. mg said,

    October 31, 2022 @ 1:45 pm

    What do they mean by "doing nucleic acids"?

  3. Victor Mair said,

    October 31, 2022 @ 2:04 pm

    That's how they refer to the frequent COVID testing in China.

  4. microtherion said,

    November 2, 2022 @ 6:23 am

    Those lyrics would seem to work better if you substituted "nucleic" with "lysergic"…

  5. Philip Taylor said,

    November 2, 2022 @ 12:42 pm

    I cannot help but feel that many more readers would have understood a reference to lysergic acid [1] than understood the reference to nucleic acids. Like Joshua, I was completely bemused by the whole thing until Victor kindly explained it …

    [1] although I have personally always know it as lysergic acid diethylamide rather than just lysergic acid.

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