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Origin of the Story about “Moon Flower of Flying Tigers”

(2007-08-07 09:35:08)
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Origin of the Story about “Moon Flower of Flying Tigers”

           “飞虎月亮花”故事的由来

 

Gao Demin

 

In April 2003, I went to visit Yunnanyi of Xiangyun County where my mother Rita Wong (Huang Huanxiao) worked and fought during World War II. At the county government, when I asked about the story of the American soldiers in the local area, a lady told me a legend of “Solar Flower”.

During August and September of the midsummer every year, patches of beautiful flowers named Persian chrysanthemum would bloom all over the mountainside near Xiangyun’s Qinghua Cave. The local civilians called them “Solar Flowers”. With rich colors such as pink, white and light purple, they look extremely beautiful and magnificent like a sea of flowers. Some old people said: “There were no such flowers in this place of ours before. It was the American soldier who brought the flower seeds to this place during the construction of the airport and Stilwell Road.” Some people said that the solar flower is the embodiment of Captain Mooney, an American pilot who sacrificed his life here.

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Hearing this appealing story and looking at the picture of solar flowers, I was deeply touched. I knew that these flowers representing the friendship between the Chinese and American armies and people, which was established with their blood and lives during the war. Thus they are also flowers of friendship cultivated and irrigated with the blood and young lives of many American pilots!

 

The sun and the moon are of coexistence.

While I was moved by the story of solar flower, Mr. Zhang said excitedly: “Ms. Gao, I am really inspired after hearing the story about your mother and seeing her photos. Now I would like to tell a story I was reluctant to tell, a story about Moon Flower.”

 “By the runway of Yunnanyi Airport, there is a kind of beautiful white flower blooming together with the solar flower in August and September every year.”

 “Why is it called Moon flower?”

 

“Because this kind flower is lily white, pure as the moon. What is more peculiar, it blooms only after sunset and becomes closed as a mauve bud at sunrise the next morning!”

My heart quivered when the life experience of my mother came into my mind. In order to join the war against Japanese aggression, she came to Yunnan from a great distance and has finally rooted in this ruddle land. Thinking of the nurses who came from USA and Hong Kong and who calmly devoted their valuable youth to this land, I felt that they are like the plain and pure Moon flowers of sanctity, gently blooming on this ruddle land.

It is them who left their love here to cultivate the beautiful Moon flowers.

Several months later, I flew from Kunming to Dali with my mother and got to Yunnanyi by an ambulance. Here is the site of the American Air Force Hospital in which she used to work and fight with American doctors and nurses until the victory of the Anti-Japanese War. The next day, we met with the old pilots of Flying Tigers from the USA.

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Just in that evening, at the time of sunset and moonrise, we saw with our own eyes the pure and white Moon flowers gradually blooming on the lawn.

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Unlike the flame and brilliance of the dazzling sun, these Moon flowers are blooming with a burst of softness. With their white petals just like the dresses of the nurses, they were like angels befalling on both sides of the runway from the heaven, watching for the return of the heroic airmen and quietly presenting their beauty of sanctity. It seems to me as if these flowers were telling a supernatural and appealing story on this mysterious runway.

 

With a camera, I shot the picture of my mother holding Moon flowers in her hands. At this beautiful moment, she was not only a nurse but also the Moon flower for the American Flying Tigers.

 

That is the origin of the title of the novel and movie Moon Flower of Flying Tigers.

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