|The story telling session starts with a performance in Yudu County, East China's Jiangxi Province. [Women's Federation of Jiangxi Province]|
The All-China Women's Federation (ACWF) hosted a story telling session to raisepatriotic and family-minded awareness in Yudu County, East China's Jiangxi Province ahead of the anniversary of the founding of the CPC on July 1.
Yudu in Ganzhou City, East China's Jiangxi Province, is the place where the Red Army started the Long March during the revolutionary period. The Long March was a military maneuver carried out by the Chinese Workers' and Peasants' Red Army from 1934 to 1936.
Teachers, officials, ordinary people, guides at museums and representatives of the offspring of the Red Army soldiers told stories about the revolutionary history and poverty alleviation.
Zhu Huilin, a teacher from the Party school of the CPC Ruijin Municipal Committee, told the story of Yang Rongxian, a peasant from Shazhouba Village who lost his eight sons in China's revolutionary cause. The audience was deeply touched by his story.
"There were many stories like this, and it was their bravery that brought us such a happy life today. We must not forget the revolutionary martyrs," Cheng Ying, an offspring of a Red Army soldier in Yudu County, said tearfully.
Li Cailian, a villager, left Chi Yuhua, Li's wife, and joined the Red Army. Chi waited for her husband for 72 years, however she was finally informed that her husband had died on the battlefield.
In addition to Chi, there were also wives of Red Army soldiers, such as Chen Fa gu and Duan Gui xiu, who waited for their husbands for many years.
The story of 17 pine trees happened in Huangsha Village in Yeping Town of Ruijin. Seventeen local young men planted 17 pine trees on a nearby hill before they joined the Long March in 1934. They promised to return home after the victory of the revolution. Unfortunately, none of them returned but the pine seedlings have grown into towering trees after more than 80 years.
|The story of 17 pine trees is told at the event. [Women's Federation of Jiangxi Province]|
Yang Lishan, a guide at the History Museum of the Central Revolutionary Base, introduced the heroic deeds of 30 female soldiers during the Long March. They included Deng Yingchao, wife of former Chinese premier Zhou En'lai, He Zizhen, wife of Mao Zedong, and Li Jianzhen, the head of the Women's Department in the Central Soviet Area's Central Bureau.
|Yang Lishan tells the stories of 30 female soldiers in the Long March. [Women's Federation of Jiangxi Province]|
These women supported the revolutionary cause and made great contribution to the founding of the People's Republic of China and the improvement of people's life, she added.
A video highlighting an interview with Fang Mei, daughter of Fang Zhimin, a CPC military and political leader, was shown at the gathering.
Fang wrote a manuscript expressing his deep love for the country when he was in prison in 1935. He died a martyr's death within that year.
|Sun Guanfa (2nd, R) recalls General Secretary Xi Jiping's visit at his house on May 20. [Women's Federation of Jiangxi Province]|
Sun Guanfa, a villager in Tantou Village, Yudu's Zishan Town, recalled General Secretary Xi Jinping's visit to his house on May 20.
According to Sun, General Secretary Xi Jinping walked around his kitchen, sitting room, bedrooms and washing room, inquiring about the services of power, water supply and liquefied gas.
Xi Jinping was pleased to hear that the annual per capita income of the family has risen to more than 11,000 yuan (US $1,607) and he wished them a better life.
Wu Haiying, Vice-President and Member of the Secretariat of the ACWF, and Liu Weiping, Vice-Chairman of the Jiangxi Provincial Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, attended the event.
The session was broadcast via people.cn, womenvoice.cn and the China Women's News as well as commercial media platformsand it attracted over 7 million visits.
|People from all walks of life watch the live broadcast of the event. [Women's Federation of Jiangxi Province]|
Yudu was the first stop of the ACWF's story-telling tour. Similar events will be held in Hunan, Fujian, Guizhou, Sichuan and Shaanxi provinces and the Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region in the next few months.
(Source: China Women's News/Translated and edited by Women of China)