Photographer's Note

This picture depicts one of the larger monuments that can be found in the small Red Guards Cemetary in Chongqing City. The cemetary seems as more like a monument due to the shear size of these structures. What sets this monument apart from the many others in Chongqing (namely the Martyrs Monuments that can be found in Lieshimu near the langauge institute) is that this monument is officially illegal. Apparently the government does no allow activities of rememberance when it comes to the Red Guards. The Cultural Revolution, which took place from 1967 to 1976 coincides with the rise of the Red Guards. Most of the "tomb stones" are inscribed with up to ten names, though many are wearing away with the passage of time. Also, a red torch with the numbers 815 adorns some of these concrete markers. August 15, 1968 was a day when up to 600 people died in factional fighting. Though I haven't had a chance to read the book, HOng Ying's River Daughter (or Daughter of the River) describes this period of time in Chongqing. However, many people while agreeing that she is a great writer have remarked that much of what she wrote was exagerated, invented to appeal to western readers who like this kind of literature.

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