The Red Women Detachment was an all-female Red Army troop
active in China's Hainan Island about some 80 years ago.
The initial motivation for the young girls and young women
to join the Red Army was to remove the oppressive and exploitative
mafia-style elite rule and campaign for women's liberation
Their heroic story was first made into a film that becomes
a classic, and later the film was adapted for ballet which
is known as one of the "Eight
Model Operas", and then the ballet drama was adapted
for Beijing Opera with many ear-pleasing arias still performed
on stage today.
This popular short aria was sung by a servant girl-turned
red warrior when she was appointed to be the new CCP representative
of the detachment after the death of her predecessor who
refused to surrender to the returned local tyrant and was
burned alive under an aging banian tree.
The newly installed leading warrior swore to carry the red
flag left by the martyr and continue to fight for a new China
that shall be free of social oppression, economic exploitation
and gender discrimination.
Such a fanciful new China did become a reality in 1949 when Mao
Zedong declared that Chinese
people have stood up. But only briefly. After Mao Zedong
passed away on September 9, 1976, especially in the recent
ten years, mafias return and tyrants rule.
Du Jinfang is the disciple of Mei Lanfang and one of the
best Mei-style Beijing Opera Singers. Her most memorable
stage roles include Xie
Yaohuai in Xie Yaohuai and Lady
Lin in Wild
Boar Woods .