Begins A New Long March
A New Long March
Red Army warriors ascended the
Snow Mountain in the famous Long March.
A Scene in the televised show
staged on 30 June in Beijing celebrating the
90th anniversary of CCP which was attended by
Hu Jintao, CCP chief and Chinese President, and
his administrative team.
A scene in The East Is Read, which
is an epic singing/dancing show narrating CCP's
history of national endeavour. The lyric of the
"The Long March" is originally a poem
composed in a classic style by one of China's best poets, Mao Zedong, who is also
one of 13 founders of the CCP and the founding father
Leading singer: Jia Shijun
On the eve of the anniversary,
Shanghai Mayor led his administrative team singing
"The Long March" for Shanghai audience.
Shakes the World
On 29 June, two days before the 90th anniversary
of CCP's establishment, China's Red Chorus season
formally kicked off in Chongqing, witnessed by 100,000 people
with 40,000 performers from 108 chorus troupes from all over
Chongqing is the central stage of the Red Chorus, but it
did not initiate this movement. It has existed for decades
in China, as a way of physical exercise, self-entertainment
and social integration among mainly, but not limited to, retired people.
But it is Chongqing that turned it into
a popular cultural scene which intends to help uplift nation's spirit and prepare the people to face up to tougher challenges lying ahead during the long march towards the
goal of renaissance.
Major General Peng Liyuan, the wife of China's
Vice-President Xi Jinping, sang the theme song of Opera Jiangjie
Jiangjie is one of the most memorable heroes
in Chongqing's history. A young communist with a baby son,
she was arrested by Nationalist government and tortured with advanced torture tools both
homemade and imported from the U.S.A. (You can image how powerful
they must be!), which included to drive toothpick-sized bamboo
objects into the nails of her ten fingers. She was collapsed
physically, but not spiritually, and firmly refused to denounce
her faith and betray her comrades. When one day her cell door
was slamming open by the special guards that made her realise
the final moment arrived, she calmly distributed her personal
items to her cell mates and encouraged them to hold on till
last minute. With a smile on her face, she briskly walked out
of the room towards the execution field. And she died with
her faith intact.
She is not alone, but just one of tens
of thousands of earlier CCP members who put their lives on
the line to fight for a new China that shall be free of foreign colonization and internal oppression.
Fortunately, their sacrifice is not in
vain ... (not entirely to say the least). Great social and
economic progresses have been made, although along the way
many setbacks occurred. But despite setbacks, China shall continue
to progress in the way that Jiangjie and her comrades envisaged,
that is to head towards a civilised new world where oppression
and exploitation between races and classes are prohibited,
and where people all over the world will view themselves as
the integral part of a big humanity family, because this is where the destination of China
lies, and of the world lies, for it is the consequence of the
accumulated causes over thousands of years.
Former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger
also attended the show in Chongqing.
(Photos by 李文科.华龙网)