Eighty-six Years Ago

Posted by on Jul 13, 2010 in A Selection, Asia, Pictures | No Comments

Xie Xianglong, 99, and his wife eat lunch in the same house they have been living in since they were married in 1943, nestled in the remote mountains in Jiangxi province, China. The mountains here are hailed as the birthplace of the Red Army. Xianglong met the future Chairman when he was 13 years old. “When I first met him, he came to my family in the forest, unarmed, with a ragged band of tired soldiers. He was a young fighter with a lion’s face, having gone so long without a bath,” he recalled. “There was no way of knowing then what he would become.”