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Mother of Yu Fei

Yu Fei was a famous army commander of the Southern Song Dynasty (1127-1279). His battles against the Jin invaders from the north were well remembered in China up to these days. Yu campaign had succeeded in recovering most of the lost land from the invaders and he vowed to continue the war north of the Yellow River. Yu was ready to fight all the way to the capital of the Jin Empire, but Qin Kui, Southern Song Chief Minister of the time, had some hidden agenda of his own towards the was. He was unwilling to let Yu win for fear that an eventual victory would disturb the political status quo. As a result, Yu was summoned back from the front, framed and murdered.
Folklores about Yu Fei and his mother have many versions. They all tell the story of a strong-willed mother, working hard to bring up her son, demanding on his education as well as holding high expectation and aspiration for the boy. In order to make sure that her son, who was recently conscripted, commit to memory of serving the country totally, she went to the extend of tattooing four Chinese characters, Jin Zhong Bao Guo (which literally mean devoting one life for the country), on her son back so that the young man would have to carry the pledge everywhere and all the time.
Yu lives up to his mother teaching and dies a patriotic hero; and the mother is also revered for her outright patriotism.

 

MOTHER
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YU FEI

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188 X 97 cm , 2005