On the Ice
Granted I don't live in China right now and perhaps that's why those words affected me but I said it as someone who is Chinese. Considering the state of current affairs where there's been an increase in casual and outright racism towards Asian people (Chinese in particular), I find it in bad taste to criticise a Chinese person skating to traditional Chinese music for being "cheesy".
Thanks @readernick for helping to clarify my stance. Maybe I should have stated my ethnicity from the beginning, given the current political climate.I believe the person who said that is also of Chinese descent. So, I don't think we can label that as racism. Although, I'm not sure calling something "cheesy" is ever particularly racist. Every culture has "cheesy" music. But, of course, I understand why you would be particularly sensitive right now.
I'm proud of my own heritage, acutely aware of anti-Chinese/East Asian discrimination and appreciative of the symbolism in Karen's music choice. I was just overexposed to Butterfly Lovers throughout my childhood/adolescence. It's not unpleasant, but it makes me mentally disengage. There is nary an Olympic cycle when a Chinese pair doesn't skate to either Butterfly Lovers, Mo Li Hua or Turandot (the latter having become sort of reappropriated...)
Here are a few alternatives:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zWY9tLkm7zg Kind of retro and Yunnan-specific, but includes some of my grandmum's favourite movie theme songs
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pBOKeVsiJho Collection of 'classical' Chinese pieces (as opposed to folk songs or Western-influenced fusion genres)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=60hOVk4uud0 Popular repertoire among Chinese orchestras
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sfBosRFSrtA A traditional Shanxi folk song
Various wuxia film scores (not traditional but fun and lots to choose from)
The Yellow River Concerto turns up occasionally in skating but it might have awkward nationalistic (PRC) overtones.