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China Daily / 2021-02 / 23 / Page006

Teacher evokes grandfather's spirit in the classroom

By YANG JUN and YANG WANLI | CHINA DAILY | Updated: 2021-02-23 00:00

Remembering the time he spent with his grandfather during childhood, Ma Xun reeled off a list of more than 10 historical sites and museums that have a Red Army theme in Zunyi, his hometown in the southwestern province of Guizhou.

"Unlike my peers' grandparents, who usually took their grandchildren to parks or playgrounds at weekends, my grandpa, a Long March veteran, always took me to 'red history' sites and told me stories about his life," the 43-year-old said.

Born in Zunyi in 1921, Li Guang, Ma's grandfather, was orphaned at the age of 2. When he turned 8, his foster parents abandoned him, so he started herding cattle. He often went hungry.

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