National Day of Mourning Is Informed by History

September 30, 2005 12:00 am Last Updated: August 30, 2015 9:05 pm
Historian Song Yongyi
Historian Song Yongyi

Historian Song Yongyi believes October 1st (Chinese Communists’ “National Day”) is truly a day of mourning, because the souls of the Chinese historians have been crushed under the harsh rule of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). Since the CCP has come to power, historical research has been a total farce; with conclusions reached before the research ever begins. The result is that the people have been unable to learn from honest accounts and analysis of their own history, a deliberate phenomenon that has destroyed the people’s moral fiber.

For example, over 70 million Chinese have died at the hands of the CCP since its inception, yet most Chinese are unaware of this in any clearly defined historical context. The result is that the people can sit by, in passive support of a Party with intent to incite a nuclear war, which could kill as many as 700 million Chinese. Without a grasp of their own history, the people cannot see the larger picture and learn what not to do, what their government has done, what it cannot be allowed to do in the future.

Song has received two awards from library associations in the US, but has been jailed twice for his efforts in his own country. He was specifically targeted by the CCP for his research into the Cultural Revolution.

The CCP Has Destroyed The Spirits Of China’s Historians

Song is adamant that the CCP always uses lies to manipulate the people. There are no other political powers in the world that publish propaganda depicting their nation’s people as prosperous and well fed, while in reality the people are starving and are often forced into cannibalism in a desperate attempt to survive. For example, the People’s Daily newspaper, during the Three Year Disaster (1960~1962), was printed on yellowish rough paper, but the people in the photographs appeared to be quite happy and content. Song stated: “When I came across these clippings in my research I felt utterly disgusted. What a shame it is! It seems that historians and journalists have been willing to lie and deceive the people of China on their own initiative. Has deceit simply become their second nature?”

Song stated that China has a deep rooted tradition of official historians who have served to safe guard its story, its legacy, and so shameful that we have fallen so far away from this standard. In China’s Spring and Autumn period (770 B.C. – 476 B.C.), there was a minister who killed the emperor at that time. Well, the head historian recorded the act in the official history and the minister, when he learned of this, had the man killed. So, the next historian stepped up and recorded the act once more. When the minister learned of this, he had this man killed as well.

This cycle repeated itself a couple of more times, until the minister finally realized that he could keep on killing historians, but there would always be another willing to risk his life to do his duty; such was the spirit of China’s historians. Unfortunately, during the Cultural Revolutions purge of China’s intellectuals, the CCP managed to accomplish what the minister of old was unable to—the destruction of the of the historians’ spirit, as well as the assassination of the spirit of China’s intellectuals as a whole.

Song said that while the common people are not usually harassed for discussing the Cultural Revolution, when he attempted to get interviews from intellectuals for his research, most of them became quite nervous when asked to discuss the topic. The intellectuals of today know the history of the purges of that time, and they are afraid.

The CCP has attempted a massive cover up and re-write of the history of the Cultural Revolution. They have curtailed through violence and intimidation almost all legitimate research of the event, and have created a web of false theories and lies and labeled it “history.” Any “research” of this time has been complete sham, because the “facts” have been predetermined at the outset. History has become whatever the CCP wants it to be.

The CCP’s Distortion of History Confounds Right and Wrong

Song Yongyi believes that the Cultural Revolution destroyed all traditional morals, and the years of lies led to the establishment of a new, worst moral code. For example, we tell people that history proves that the Anti-Japanese war was fought by the Kuomintang Party [note 1], not by the CCP. In the past, when people heard this, they would say, “Oh, I’ve been cheated!” Now the reaction of the young people is that it was pretty good for the CCP to use the Koumintang to passively fight the Japanese. Why not? Didn’t it finally gain the power?

Song thinks that people who realize they have been deceived are still morally savable, but he has little hope for the young generation that has grown up spoon fed on CCP lies. To many of them, lies have become truth. They have accepted the CCP belief that lying is necessary to attain ones goals. This is similar to the social mode of laughing at the poor, but not at the prostitutes. They think being a prostitute is pretty good. This is the seriousness of the issue.

Historian Xin Haonian also told a similar story. After his speech, some young people from mainland China said that at the beginning of the Sino-Japanese war, the CCP only had 10,000 to 20,000 people. Wouldn’t they be all dead if they joined the fight against the Japanese? In another word, they feel it is quite normal for the CCP not to fight the Japanese. Xin replied that if Chiang Kai-shek [note 2] also thought so, wouldn’t China be over?

“October 1st” is Not “Liberation”, but National Day of Mourning

Song Yongyi said that from the historical perspective, the People’s Republic of China’s National Day, October 1st, is actually a day of mourning in Chinese history. The most conservative estimate is that the CCP has killed 70 million Chinese since it gained power, 24 million to 30 million died of mass starvation during the “Great Leap Forward” movement alone from 1956 to 1960. This is unprecedented and unique in Chinese history.

Song wondered, “Can anyone truthfully call such a regime ‘liberating’? Would you call the rascal who robbed you, killed your wife and raped your daughter your “liberator'”?

It is so sad. Many people cannot distinguish among between “motherland”, “country” and “party”. They confuse the land that nurtured us with the one-party dictatorship, causing ideological chaos in their minds.

Song firmly declared that the CCP is not qualified to represent China. It merely stole the position to represent China, like it did in the UN. It does not, however, represent the Chinese people’s interests. It only represents a small group of people.

We Can Predict the Future Based on the CCP’s Past and Reality

Song Yongyi pointed out that in a sense, history will not completely repeat itself, but it seems likely that it will recur in a new pattern.

Looking back in history, Song said that after the Rectification Movement in Yan’an in 1942, which was the largest, darkest and most ferocious power game ever played out in the human world, Mao Zedong apologized and said it would not happen again. People believed him. However in 1957, there was the Anti-rightist movement, a nationwide persecution waged against dissidents, after which, people who dared to speak the truth were all brought down. The veteran revolutionaries then thought that they were safe, but were proved tragically wrong in the Cultural Revolution. They did not escape persecution.

Song observes that now General Zhu Chenghu [note 3] has made a claim for nuclear war, with potential sacrifice of all cities east of Xi’an. It is no longer a matter of the CCP killing 70 million people. The insanity of the CCP has reached a level where it now finds it reasonable to sacrifice 600 to 700 million people to maintain its power. It would risk the utter destruction of China and all her people to satisfy its lust for power. Song warned: Do not think that major human tragedy is a thing of the past. As long as the CCP remains in power, the world is in grave danger.

Notes: 1. The Koumintang Party (KMT) was the party in power in China before and during World War II. The KMT led the Anti-Japanese War from 1937 to 1945. 2. Chiang Kai-shek was the chairman of the Kuomintang Party (KMT) and ruler of Nationalist China before and during World War II. 3. Zhu Chenghu is the grandson of General Zhu De, who was considered to have formed the backbone of the Chinese Revolution together with Mao Zedong.