Leehom Wang, born May 17, 1976 in Rochester, New York, USA, is a native of Yiwu, Zhejiang; Chinese pop singer, music producer, actor, director; has a double honorary doctorate from Williams University and Berkeley College of Music.
“Dragon’s Successor” is a song written and composed by Hou Dejian, and Li Jianfu’s song. Wang Lihong was adapted and sung in 2000. The song was included in the album “Forever First Day” released by Wang Lihong on June 5th of the same year.
In 2001, the song won the Best Popular Song Award in the 7th Global Chinese Music List.
At the end of 1978, the United States and the People’s Republic of China officially established diplomatic relations at the ambassadorial level, and “dismissed diplomatic relations with Taiwan.” Hou Dejian was studying at the Taiwan University of Political Science. He was planning to drop out of school in accounting for the transfer of Mandarin. On the morning of December 16, 1978, Hou Dejian was still asleep. The classmates woke him up and told him that something went wrong. Foreign broadcasts said that the United States and us were “broken off.” On that day, the school fell into a tragic situation. Many students condemned the United States for betrayal and abandoning friends. Hou Dejian disapproved of the tragic situation around him. In his view, since the Opium War of 1840, the Chinese have been shrouded in tragic feelings and were restrained by foreigners. He was angry at this cowardly sadness and wrote “The Dragon’s Successor.”
In 2000, Wang Lihong adapted “The Dragon’s Successor” to re-interpret this song. The song incorporates many elements of Chinese style. The description of the modern Chinese war in the lyrics replaces the experience of Wang Lihong’s parents as American immigrants. Let this song have a completely different meaning. Wang Lihong felt that this song was a popular Chinese song he had heard in his youth. When he grew up in the United States, his uncle Li Jianfu played a song in the home of Wang Lihong in the United States in the 1980s.