Yunnan Women's Federation Mourns Martyrs

April 10, 2017云南省
By Tang ChuanbinEditor: Hewater Liu

Staff members from Yunnan Women's Federation mourn for martyrs at the West Mount Memorial Hall of Mechanics from Southeast Asian Countries with Chinese Origin in Kunming, capital city of southwest China's Yunnan Province, on April 5. [Yunnan Women's Federation]

 

President of Yunnan Women's Federation He Hongmei headed a delegation of her colleagues to visit West Mount Memorial Hall of Mechanics from Southeast Asian Countries with Chinese Origin in Kunming, capital city of southwest China's Yunnan Province, on April 5 in commemoration of the traditional Chinese Tomb-Sweeping Day or Qingming (April 4).

A total of 3,200 mechanics, including 4 women, left their adoptive countries in Southeast Asia and came back to China during the Chinese People's War of Resistance Against Japanese Aggression (1931-1945). They made huge sacrifices and glorious contributions to the success of the war via the transportation of military supplies and civilian goods into Yunnan from neighboring Myanmar, since there were fewer Chinese who could drive vehicles back then. Due to Japanese bombardment, traffic accidents and diseases, more than 1,800 of those mechanics lost their lives from 1939 to 1942.

During the commemorative tour, participants were deeply impressed by the stories of Li Yuemei, a female mechanic. She dressed herself as a man so she could fight alongside men on the battlefield. Only until she encountered a traffic accident during a delivery and others rescued her life did they know about her real gender.

Li's heroic deeds received much acclaim from He Xiangning (1878-1972), who was a pioneer of China's democratic revolution, a well-known left-winger and one of the main forces behind the democratic revolution. He was also a leader of the women's movement and an outstanding artist.

He Hongmei said those mechanics were the representatives of overseas Chinese who contributed a lot to the success of the Chinese People's War of Resistance Against Japanese Aggression. She continued that the tour aimed to help attendees have a better understanding of history and the great contributions made by relevant mechanics during the war and to demonstrate their strong love of peace as well as firm opposition to war.

Moreover, she urged her colleagues to closely follow the exemplary actions made by those mechanics, deepen their sense of patriotism and positive values, and make larger contributions to the assistance of local underprivileged groups, the protection of their rights and interests, and the construction of their homeland in the future.

 

Staff members from Yunnan Women's Federation lay flowers to the West Mount Memorial Hall of Mechanics from Southeast Asian Countries with Chinese Origin in Kunming, capital city of southwest China's Yunnan Province, on April 5. [Yunnan Women's Federation]

President of Yunnan Women's Federation He Hongmei (L) speaks with her colleagues at the gathering for heroic deeds and glorious contributions made by mechanics from Southeast Asian Countries with Chinese origin during the Chinese People's War of Resistance Against Japanese Aggression. [Yunnan Women's Federation]

Participants pose for a group photo during their memorial tour. [Yunnan Women's Federation]

 

(Provided by Yunnan Women's Federation)

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