9th of May

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Historical events

1986: The main event of this year was the May 9th concert Rang shijie chongnan ai in the Worker's Stadium of Beijing during which Cui Jian performed his famous songs "I have nothing / Nothing to my name" (Yi wu suo you, various English translation in use - English lyrics) and Bu Shi Wo Bu Ming Bai (It's not that I don't understand).[1] The song "I have nothing" became an enormous hit, and the phrase yi wu suo you (literally "one without everything) is now part of the vocabulary many young people use to describe their predicament and future prospects.


  1. Steen, A. (1996). Der Lange Marsch des Rock'n'Roll (32. Berliner China-Studien). Hamburg: LIT Verlag.