This week, ISKL is very fortunate to be hosting visiting author, Ji-li Jiang. Ms. Jiang is a survivor of China’s Cultural Revolution. She chronicles her harrowing memories of this time period in her book, Red Scarf Girl. If you have not read this book, I highly recommend it. The narration is told by Ji-li through the eyes of her 12 year-old self. I believe readers will be deeply moved by her story, while simultaneously empathizing with the many teenage emotions and anxieties captured therein.
When asked why she felt compelled to share her story, Ms. Jiang offered very specific reasons. I thought I would pass her words of wisdom on to you, dear reader, for my slice today.
Why do I share my story?
- So that people do not forget. Millions suffered and died as a result of the Cultural Revolution. May they be remembered.
- So that history does not repeat itself. Only when we study the past can we learn from our mistakes and ensure that they are not repeated in the future.
- So that young people today appreciate their many blessings. During the Cultural Revolution, children survived with very little. Today’s youth enjoy a great many privileges. May they recognize how truly blessed they are.
- So that those who struggle know that they are not alone. Each of us confront challenges in our lives. We share this common bond. May we have the courage to face life’s pressures with a clear mind and a peaceful heart. Let us make good decisions.