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Since the day I gave up my family to join the Red Guards in serving the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution, I, Li-JiaMing knew my life would never be the same.

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Crossing the Line Jeremy Wong Since the day I gave up my family to join the Red Guards in serving the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution, I, Li-JiaMing knew my life would never be the same. "Open up!" We shouted. This was my first time searching a stranger's house. I had joined the Red Guards a few months ago traveling around to make revolutionary ties before making it to Shanghai and joining the Red Guard troop. I could practically feel my best friend, KaiChen sizzling with excitement. We all liked the power we had as Red Guards. "Communism is not love. ...read more.

Middle

Suddenly, I saw something shiny sticking in the corner of the bathroom. I picked it up and inspected it's smooth, glistening surface. Yep, it was definitely a precious gem. I ran quickly to my commander, HuiQing and handed her the beautiful gem. She nodded a signal for me to confront the old man by the door. "Does this belong to you?" I spit at the old man's face. His eyes darted to the gem I held to him. His appalled expression told me everything I needed to know. Before I could make my move, I watched as KaiChen marched over and slapped the old man on the face. ...read more.

Conclusion

As I turned to look at my victim before me, my early urge to destroy everything against Mao's virtues disappeared and my heart went out to the old man. Should I strip him of his dignity as my colleagues had done? Could I live with myself if I did so? Or should I follow orders blindly, as my comrades had done? I shook my head to clear my thoughts and made my decision. I made sure no one was watching, then raced over to the water pump across the street, poured water onto my hands, and fed it to the old man. Then, I stood up and left without a trace. As I ran, I thought I heard a faint whisper of the old man's voice, two words that I will always remember, "Thank you." ...read more.

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