Liao Zhaoxuan tells stories behind the pictures to the reporter. [uschinapress.com/Nie Da]
Liao Zhaoxuan, a Chinese-American writer in his 80s, will publish a book on anti-Fascism during World War Ⅱ titled "Love Spreads Across the Pacific Ocean" in June, according to a recent online report.
The book is about the moving stories between Chinese people and U.S. pilots during a special event in World War Ⅱ.
On April 18, 1942, a total of 80 pilots in 16 aircraft made an emergency landing in east China's Jiangxi and Zhejiang provinces after bombing Tokyo. Local people managed to rescue 64 survivors before these pilots eventually returned to their homeland. Over 70 years later, the rescued pilots, local Chinese people and their descendents still keep the history in their minds.
Liao, currently living in Monterey Park in the United States, has worked on the book for three years. To collect first-hand materials, he returned to China six times to visit witnesses. He said he will make another trip to China for his book's release.
Liao has welcomed reporters warm-heartedly into his apartment, which is filled with books, manuscripts and writing materials. Speaking about the book in the most recent interview, the elderly man picked up an album at hand and started recounting the stories and figures behind each picture one by one. These pictures were shot by him himself while visiting various regions in China and the U.S.
When asked the reason why he stuck to the book despite the huge expenses and his senior age, Liao answered excitedly, "The thing is what I like to do, so how can I feel tired?"
"What I want to express in this book is the simplicity and kindness of human nature as well as the true history. I hope the story can help make the two powerful nations across the Pacific Ocean be more 'pacified'," he added.
The elderly writer has experienced numerous changes in China's modern history, and he has deep feelings about his motherland. He migrated to the U.S. late in life and has lived there for about 20 years. During that period of time, he kept on writing about the China-U.S. relations and anti-Fascism, with the hope of expressing his best feelings for China and U.S. society and showing his best wishes for the bilateral relationship through his book.
"Instead of writing for the benefit of any nation or party, I only hope that my work can express the true, the good and the beautiful, just like those who rescued the U.S. pilots at risk of death as well as the U.S. soldiers and their descendents who are still grateful to Chinese people who saved them."
(Source: uschinapress.com/Translated and edited by Women of China)
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