Chinese Modern Story: Honoring heroes and serving the country with loyalty Yang Jingyu

Yang Jingyu was a patriotic revolutionary who was born in 1905 in Liwan Village, Gucheng Township, Zhishan County, Henan Province, to a peasant family, attended a private school in the village as a child, and was admitted with honors to the First Higher Primary School in Zhishan County in 1918.

“In April 1927, Yang was transferred to work for the Henan Provincial Committee during the peasant uprising in southern Henan, and was arrested and imprisoned three times in Luoyang and Kaifeng, and went to the northeast in 1929 on the order of the CPC Central Committee as secretary of the Fushun Special Branch. After the September 18 Incident in 1931, he was released from prison and served as secretary of the Harbin Municipal Committee, member of the Manchurian Provincial Committee and secretary of the Acting Military Committee, actively leading the anti-Japanese struggle of the Northeast. After the Lugou Bridge Incident, Yang Jingyu launched a western expedition, often attacking the Japanese army to support the struggle inside the country.


May 1938, the South Manchurian Party and army cadres convened a meeting to discuss the strategy to adhere to the guerrilla war. In the winter of 1938, due to a traitor’s tip-off, the Japanese Kwantung Army crusade surrounded General Yang Jingyu, and after several hours of fierce fighting, the general was hit by enemy machine gun fire at point blank range and died a heroic death. After the general’s death, the Japanese dissected him and found that he had cotton, bark, grass roots and other things in his abdomen. It turned out that the general was cut off from food for more than a week, but the cotton in his coat, the bark on the trees, the grass roots under the snow for food, thirsty to the snow on the ground as water. I heard that the Japanese were stunned, yet they admired the general and could not help but take off their caps to say goodbye to the general.

General Yang Jingyu life to abide by the party’s discipline, not to take the masses a needle and a thread; General Yang Jingyu life frugal, when starving to no way to rely on bark, grass roots, etc. to fill the muscle; General Yang Jingyu in extremely dangerous conditions, but still stubbornly adhere to the struggle against the enemy. Under the leadership of General Yang Jingyu, the soldiers won many battles, and his name has emboldened the Japanese invaders.

The story of General Yang Jingyu tells us that although today’s living conditions are rich, the fine tradition of diligence, frugality and hard work cannot be lost; we will also encounter difficulties and setbacks in our studies, and we should defy the difficulties like the general and be tenacious in our struggle. The Story of the Painted Dragon.

In the Liang Dynasty, there was a very famous painter named Zhang Singyao. One day, Emperor Wu of Liang asked Zhang to paint four golden dragons on the wall of a temple. It took him three days to paint them, and they looked very much like real dragons. When people heard about it, they all went to see it and let out a gush of admiration. However, when people took a closer look, they found that each dragon had no eyes. Zhang Shenhao explained, “If I add eyes to the dragons, they will fly away!” People did not believe him and insisted that he add eyes. Zhang had no choice but to add eyes to the two dragons. A strange phenomenon occurred: the two dragons flew up into the sky with a bang!

The moral of “drawing the eyes of the dragon”: drawing the eyes of the dragon means that if you catch the key of the problem, you can solve it.

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