Cheers, Granddad. 干杯，爷爷。I hope you liked the tea and Hakka wine I poured for you on Friday.
Visited my paternal grandfather’s grave and martyr’s monument in our ancestral village of Gaoshang, Taoyao Township, Meixian, Meizhou, in Guangdong province, four generations after great-grandfather left here for Malaya.
A school principal, community leader and then newspaper chief editor, granddad was water-boarded by the Japanese in Malaya, imprisoned by the British for writing anti-colonial newspaper editorials and then returned to our village to join the Chinese Communist guerillas up in the hills. He was arrested by Kuomintang soldiers who were retreating towards Taiwan and shot in a mass execution in mid 1949, a few months shy of China’s ‘liberation’ by the Communists. He is buried here at the foot of a obelisk to him. We swept his tomb and offered him food, wine, tea, new ‘clothes’, hell money and fire crackers for Tomb-sweeping festival #Qingming＃清明。 #family #roots #hakka #guangdong #overseaschinese