The woman at thirteen

A few days ago, some Chinese “people with a heart” commemorated the 30th anniversary of Jiang Qing’s suicide by holding a symposium in Beijing on Jiang Qing’s “Party History Status”, which was attended by Jiang Qing’s daughter Li Ne, who was born to Mao Zedong. The photo shows that Li Ne looks like Jiang Qing, and even the style of her glasses is similar to the one Jiang Qing wears. May 16 is the fifty-fifth anniversary of the start of the Cultural Revolution, at this time, “commemorating Comrade Jiang Qing”, discussing her position in the history of the Party, it must not be a nonsensical thing to happen, what is in memory, what is the meaning of the white space, people It is not a nonsensical event, but what is being remembered and what does it mean?

When I saw Li Ne, who looked like Jiang Qing, I could not help but think of a woman from my Shanghai neighborhood when I was a child. This woman was a typical Shanghai thirteen, passionate about all kinds of fashionable things, and in those days, the most fashionable thing was called “revolution”. Today revolution this life, tomorrow revolution that life, this thirteen point woman windy, follow the red-hot trend, today with the brigade to revolutionize people’s lives, and the next day in turn by others to revolutionize their own lives, and the day after tomorrow to get up and continue the revolution, ups and downs, like a fallen leaf in the whirlpool, can always struggle tenaciously to emerge from the water. One time when she emerged again, neighbors noticed her dress and look, and the pair of glasses, looked very familiar, and an older woman suddenly remembered and said to the woman: you really look like Comrade Jiang Qing.

This is a big deal, the woman more deliberately adjusted the hair and expression, very proudly flaunted everywhere, and asked everyone: Do I look like Comrade Jiang Qing? She was more and more proud of herself, as if there was just one more Chairman Mao around. After about a week of being so proud, a woman from the “Revolutionary Committee” and the police came to her door and sternly warned her, “Don’t insult Comrade Jiang Qing’s glorious image again! She was seriously warned that if she didn’t stop, she would be punished by law. That’s what stopped the bad wind of dressing up Jiang Qing and made her not dare to go on in this matter.

This is one of the few pleasant memories I have of the Cultural Revolution, and every time I think about it I want to laugh. Today, I saw in the newspaper that Li Ne looks so much like her mother, and I couldn’t help but think of that thirteen-point woman and the era when everyone in China was actually thirteen-point, so I couldn’t help but laugh again.