Beyond the Moongate. True Stories of 1920s China by Elizabeth Quan

By Elizabeth Quan

MOONGATES DOTTED THE panorama OF outdated CHINA. historical chinese language architects had sculpted stone piled on sculpted stone to shape around doors, with the non secular symbolism of the complete moon. To step via this type of doors used to be to step right into a global of peace and happiness....

And so it was once within the Nineteen Twenties that the Lee King family members - father, mom, and 6 youngsters, elderly ten months to seven years - traveled from their domestic in Canada, around the Pacific Ocean, to inland China. There, they'd the chance to step past the moongate right into a land no longer but touched by means of sleek battle or political unrest.

The tale of the moongate, tells of the 2 "golden" years the relatives spent with Grandmother in a distant village within the south, which hadn't replaced for hundreds of years.

Step inside of and dwell the lengthy lazy days of a China without end long gone. The moongate beckons....

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Good-bye, good-bye forever! And so our time in China had come to an end. AFTERWORD Grandmother lived, in good health, to be almost one hundred years old. One day, to escape marauding Japanese, she climbed a tree, fell, and died of complications from the injury. It took another seven years for our family to be reunited. Through the kindness of our local MP, Hugh Cleaver, a special dispensation from Ottawa permitted our “baby” brother to be brought to Canada. A few years later, an uncle accompanied him, then eight, along with our sister Etta.

You’re frightening them! ” HERE COMES THE BRIDE The news spread like wildfire. A bridal sedan was entering the village gates! Just before, two men had carried in the trousseau – the collection of gifts the bride was bringing to her new home. Now the bridal sedan lurched along the narrow lane as it was carried up the village walk. Its red tassels bobbed and swayed, and the curtains trembled. The beautiful red sedan, decorated in gold, concealed the “jewel” within – some lovely maiden being borne to the home of her soon-to-be husband, whom she had never met face-to-face.

Was the bride one of the pretty older girls in our school from another village? And was the groom one of the nice young men who helped me jump over the crevasse on the Ching Ming walk? … We decided to find out by paying the bride a visit. The next day, we proceeded to the house with the decorated doorway. Although we did not know her, the bride was glad to see us and invited us in. With no duties to perform for her mother-in-law yet, she dawdled with her makeup and her jar of fine-toothed combs at her dressing table.

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