Mongolian "Gangnam Style" remake

Oppan Mongolian style! Another brilliant remake of PSY's viral hit. Like the Inuit version I blogged here, I love that this one incorporates traditional, local, indigenous cultural references within a global techno internet meme. This one was uploaded and presumably created by "Cari Bou," identified as a user in Mongolia. It's really well done.

(Thanks, Susan Fox!)

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  1. Terrific version! I thought that meme was dead by now but they brought it back to life with something for people of every sexual orientation, tee hee.

  2. Wow, mark it… January 1, midafternoon …my New Years Wish has been blown. I wished for one thing, the death of that stupid meme/craze. Ah well.

  3. I’d love to see a version that encompassed human civilisation from Neanderthals thru Egypt, Greece, Rome, Mayan, Aztec, China etc to present day. 

  4. That was truly delightful!

    Many seem to hate the Gangnam style meme, but I (much to my own surprise) love it! I like the original version for the tongue in cheek-ness, and even more for all the re-makes it has spawned. People have been truly creative in making their own versions!

    1. I really enjoyed (okay, still enjoy) the original, largely because it’s, erm, original. Frankly, most of the spin-off’s I’ve seen are terribly confused or just plain bad, so maybe that has spawned the meme hate. This one really made me smile.

    1. So instead of a reference to a cultural marker of success, the dance is a reference to a tradition that is perhaps lost to most Mongolians now that half of them live in Ulaanbaatar and the rural part is turning to agriculture. It becomes slightly sadder now.

      1. Not at all. The University of Art and Culture is filled with students learning traditional forms of dance, singing and music. That video is probably filled with them, many born and raised in Ulaanbaatar. Don’t underestimate the Mongols….they’ve been synthesizing other cultures for over 800 years. Also, the “rural part” is not “turning to agriculture”. There has always been some agriculture, there’s just more now than there has been and I’m glad to see it. 40% of the population still live in the countryside herding livestock. And that probably won’t change much for quite awhile. It appears that a fair number of “city Mongols” own horses that are kept in the countryside and just about everyone gets out of town at some point in the summer to get back to the land for at least a week or so.

  5. A Mongolian parody of a South Korean pop video, uploaded thanks to a an American company, using very likely Chinese made (or Taiwanese made) technology watched from Chile by a Venezuelan that gets his Internet from a Spanish company.

    The future is weird, and I am loving it.

    1. “A Mongolian parody of a South Korean pop video, uploaded thanks to a an American company, using very likely Chinese made (or Taiwanese made) technology watched from Chile by a Venezuelan that gets his Internet from a Spanish company.”

      Only to be blocked in Pakistan and China.  Grump grump.

      1. “This video contains content from UMG, who has blocked it in your country on copyright grounds.”
        Of course this message had reached me in error.  Almost all videos containing music are blocked in Germany now.  But they can still proxy through China.

    1. You’re wrong, it’s ‘oppan’.

      ‘oppan’ (오빤) is a contraction of ‘oppa-neun’ (오빠는). “Oppa” is the pronoun used to designate an elder brother. “Neun” is a subject marker. Basically, the sentence reads:

      “Oppa-neun Gangnam Style” -> Elderbrother(subject) [is] Gangnam Style

  6. This one is great; truly delightful. But my favorite is still “OB/GYNE Style” from the birthing department of a Toronto hospital:

  7. This one charmed me.   I love the traditional costumes and the Mongolian horse culture references, the excellent dancing…   But what  really got it for me was when they pulled the cultural camera back at the end and showed the kids in their street clothes dancing in the city.   That bit of self awareness framed the entertainment and made it art.   This was really well done, both in concept and execution.

  8. I think PSY should be up for the Nobel Peace Prize for bring a lot of innocent pleasure to the peoples of the world. 

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