Home of Glory

 

A Revolutionary Soldiers Certificate, a diary with the cover of Chairman Mao, a medal from the Korea War.

These are the things left by my grandfather. A Revolutionary Soldiers Certificate, a diary with the cover of Chairman Mao, a medal from the War to Resist US Aggression and Aid Korea.

Finally, last Saturday, my family moved into a new home we bought in 2014. For days I have been busy decorating the apartment.  One of the things was collecting some memorable photos to hang on the wall. Like this one,  the belongings of my grandfather who was the only one in our home village who returned from the war.

Born as farmers, my parents never knew how to protect or use them, nor could they read much. When I was little and my grandfather still alive, they were all put in a metal box without a lock under his bed. After his death, the box was abandoned in a dark corner under the stairs. So gradually, the Certificate was eaten by bugs and the diary torn up by someone little by little. When I was studying in primary school, the Certificate wasn’t broken, the diary was complete and I would read it time and again. For some reason, they mean a lot more to me than anyone in my family. So in December 2013, I brought them to Shenzhen and they are now safe with me.

The only photo of my grandfather sitting on a rock outside our house.

The only photo of my grandfather, sitting on a rock outside our house.

My grandfather was half blind half deaf, with one leg disabled due to the bombs and bullets. He used to tell war stories, sing military songs, give us riddles and make us laugh. He was so strange as whatever the season he would wear the same uniforms  and bathe himself in the river from time to time. Where there was a shadow of him, there were kids laughing as he raised his voice like thunder and laughed like a storm.

Revolutionary Soldiers Certificate

The Revolutionary Soldiers Certificate – In April 1949, Comrade Zhongxin Cai became a soldier of PLA.

 

According to the Certificate, as the family of a soldier, we should have been given some favored treatment. But after the war, my grandfather returned home as he was told and had written in his diary – “A soldier should obey the orders, go home and make productions.” 

Yet, it seemed only a piece of paper buried in the darkness and my grandfather a forgotten soldier. Even when I had shown one copy to the related people in college, no one took it seriously or they just said coldly, “Out of time, useless”. Thus we still have no idea about the “favored treatment”. 

As our home village is dying and even the villagers stopped celebrating Dragon Boat Festival and other things two years ago, about my grandfather, seemingly only the glory of his life and some memories are left. 

PS:The commander was Chen Yi and the political commissar was Rao Shushi.

Sigiriya Part2 -Way Up

Even the monks were excited to take a pic before going up. ;-O

Even the monks were excited to have their pics taken before going up. ;-O

Zoomed in, up a bit is the round stairs and how it is located.

Zoomed in, down a bit is a comparison of the old way and the new way.(A blogger friend said he was there in the early 1970s, I am eager to know if he took the old way)

Inside the stairway, where only one person allowed on one step.

Inside the stairway, where only one person allowed on one step.

Under the roof, quickly capture a photo- the clouds look like a world map and the blue is the ocean.

Under the roof, quickly capture a photo- the clouds look like a world map and the blue is the ocean.



After the stairs, before the mirror wall, many great paintings - complete or not.

After the stairs, before the mirror wall, many great paintings – complete or not.

Some details - you can see how well they were painted. Each has a different emotion but the same thing is they all have great breasts!

Some details – you can see how well they were painted. Each has a different emotion but the same thing is they all have great breasts!

Before taking the mirror wall, take a last look over the old way stretching outside the wall and imagine there was an army marching on...

Before turning into the Mirror Wall, take a last look over the old way stretching outside the wall and imagine there was an army marching on…

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No One Is Unquotable #2

The blood on the wall remains how cruel the Cultural Revolution was. Our history book claims Chairman Liu Shaoqi the biggest victim of the Cultural Revolution. What about those who never know history, just like I never heard of Tiananmen Square protests of 1989 till this Yunnan trip in March,2014?

The blood on the wall remains how cruel the Cultural Revolution was.

Language is a thing that easily makes a questionable history and beautifies the ugly side of the world.

Discover the beautiful words and marry the good, separate from the ugly and divorce the bad.       Heather Cai

Chairman Liu Shaoqi, the biggest victim of Cultural Revolution led by Chairman Mao.

It says:”Down with the traitor Liu Shaoqi!”
Our history book claims Chairman Liu Shaoqi the biggest victim of the Cultural Revolution.
What about those who never know the history and still the majority of China, just like, as one of them, I never heard of Tiananmen Square protests of 1989 till this Yunnan trip in March,2014?