Before I was 15 years old, there was no college so there was no point studying, you know what I mean? So I did my homework, whatever school required. I would do it but that was it. In English class, we were just learning political slogans: “Give up your gun!” “Surrender to us!” “Long live Chairman… Continue reading Down with the United States!
One problem with your grandpa was he had tantrums. When he got upset, he couldn’t control it. It never happened to me and my siblings; his tantrums were always with your grandma. He would get really upset, literally like, hurt himself upset. We were scared of that because he had high hypertension. And when you… Continue reading Yeye’s Temper
You know in China back then, most marriages were arranged marriages. So in my father’s case it was a little bit like that. There was this Chang family, and their oldest daughter was ready to be married. My father was given the opportunity to go and see for himself. He met the supposed match –… Continue reading A Failed Arrangement
My grandfather was in Singapore most of his life. When my father was five or six, Grandpa decided to bring my father by his side for his education. He was sent to Singapore and enrolled in a local school, which was basically just like a British elementary school. And my father told me that during… Continue reading A Western Education
My father was very unique in his personality in China. He was almost like your stereotypical American boy today. Very independent, very rebellious. Difficult. He wasn’t the classic obedient Chinese boy, let’s put it that way. If he didn’t agree with his mom, he would get upset and run away. He would hide in the… Continue reading Yeye: My Father’s Father
You remember her? Yeah. You do? Of course! You saw her last time in 2004, when they came here for Zhifang’s wedding. Grandma was born in 1922, and she passed away in 2011. Almost just a few months away from her 90th birthday. But in Chinese custom, she already passed ninety because Chinese consider a… Continue reading Nainai: My Father’s Mother
Students organized the Red Guards. They swamped the military bases and then took the guns and ammunition because during the Cultural Revolution, Chairman Mao gave students the power to destroy the entire bureaucracy, including some local military bases. And then the soldiers were ordered not to stop the students. I was so jealous of those… Continue reading The Red Guards