It occurred to me that I ran across references to the region of Sichuan three times yesterday. First, while reading a New York Times article about crowded Chinese beaches which described three young interns' from Sichuan's first time at the beach:
"There are plenty of people in Sichuan," he said. "We can see a lot of girls in swimming pools."
He was more captivated by the sea. It was the first time he had ever seen it. "It's so vast," he said. "It's so beautiful and magnificent."
In school in Pujia, Qingming excelled in biology, and dreamed of becoming a doctor. He also loved literature. He filled his scrapbook with clipped essays and wrote his own ditties. One he repeated so often that his grandfather recites it from memory:
Do not toady to those above.
Do not flatter the rich.
Do not cheat the poor.
Make way for a new generation.