A Tribute to the Embodiment of China’s Maoist Generation

9 May

When considering the history of violence and oppression which preceded the establishment of the People’s Republic of China in 1949, it becomes easier to understand how this period shaped the mindset and the psychological disposition of a generation. The usual behavioral traits of being tight with money and extremely strict on children have often been associated with the generation who suffered tremendous hardship with little to show for it. But this period also produced some amazing characters, those who sacrificed their life and soul protecting their families, those who never replaced their unconditional love for their families for anything else. The person in this article happens to be the author’s grandmother, who sadly passed away earlier this year. She was born 20 years before Mao Zedong would lead the successful proletariat revolution.

Married with 7 children, her life was to take a decisive turn when her husband was murdered during the Cultural Revolution because he held a higher position in the village than those who became jealous and eventually accused him of conspiracy without evidence, leaving the rest of the family on the streets. For the next 20 years, she endured countless hours of brutal physical labour just to provide enough subsistence for her children. Eventually, they were able to collect enough for to purchase a plot of land to build their own house.

Whilst her sons and daughters prospered and branched out into different countries, she never relinquished her strong work ethic or her incredible compassion for others. Every visit was greeted with a smile, and every stay was guaranteed with a freshly made breakfast cooked every morning before guests are awake, even when she was at the tender age of 80. Her tireless desire to help, her extraordinary sense of morality and her immmovable affection for her family reflect the way a truly good individual in society should behave in contrast with the increasingly atomized, self-interested and immoral economic agents in China’s growing market society

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