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sacrifice will not be in vain
A clip in the classic Chinese movie
The Red Detachment of Women (红色娘子军，1961).
Hong Changqing （洪常青）,
the CCP Commissar and the central character, is played
by Wang Xingang (王心刚),
one of the most memorable actors in China's silver
In order to annihilate the tyrant's effective power, the
main force of the Red Army strategically shifts to the rear
of the enemy camp, with CCP Commissar Hong Changqing led
a small group of soldiers covering the retreat of the main
force. After a series of fierce fights, the mission is accomplished,
yet Hong Changqing is injured and captured by the tyrant's
end is approaching, the tyrant (played by one of China's
best movie stars Cheng Qiang 陈强)
lackeys are panic-stricken. They tries all the tricks
to seduce Hong Changqing to surrender, but Hong replies
that he dares to beat the devils' guts out and will
never lower his head to bow ("敢向恶鬼争高下，不向霸王让寸分").
The tyrant thus threatens Hong with death, but the hero
declares that he has prepared to die for the great course
right from the beginning, and one
warrior's fall will only become a catalyst for millions
more to rise up in his place.
Hong Changqing is burnt under an aging tree, but his aspiration
and spirit live on ever after.
The battles between Chinese nation and the local
representatives of the world-tyrants will
go on, and anyone who suggests Chinese people should coordinate
with the world power shall be viewed as nothing else but hanjian (汉奸).
Today in history:
On September 28, 1898, six men who intended to
save China from a total destruction under both external and internal
pressures were executed by Manchu rulers. One of the six men
named Tan Sitong (谭嗣同) left
his swan poem in the execution site, in which there are two lines
that became the aspiration for China's later heroes when facing
In defeat, I still hold my sword, until the last
Facing death, I laugh at the heaven, leaving
my passion to my nation that'll never weaken.
The death of the six martyrs signifies the critical
turning point for the fate of the Manchu
regime - it never recovered but collapsed in a free fall
speed. Yet in its impious ruin site, a Chinese nation free of
alien domination was reborn.
Is history repeating itself right now?
Below is freshly composed Chinese
poem by followers of a contemporary Tan Sitong: