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Series EN 004

on Mon, 12/15/2014 - 04:32
The city of Fuqing

2. Fuqing

China was a land above the clouds with a bifurcated life, between belief and denial rooted into people's lives. On one side of the Chinese People believed in tradition that the Emperor was the son of heaven who sat on the throne in the Forbidden City - Beijing - with cosmology that governed life from all corners of the world. The northern part was a black turtle, unfriendly dry Gobi desert. The West was the Himalayas believed as a white tiger. The southern part was the Nan Yang – South Sea - believed to be a peacock, warmth and the emperor’s orientation when he sat on the throne. The Nan Yang always gave hope for the Chinese people to start a new life, a fresh hope for tomorrow. The Eastern part was blue dragon as a source of life. From here came the human activity rate. From this direction the sun was rising, shining on China, creating a sunny morning.

However, on the other hand because the South region was far from the capital, the center of the world in which the emperor's throne located, filled with poverty and rebellion, rejection of tradition. The southern Chinese believed that the emperor of the Qing dynasty (1644 - 1911 AD) was an oppressive Manchu empire and considered not their empire. It had been almost one hundred years of the Qing dynasty fluttering in China, but the emperor could not yet fully mastered southern China. True ruler could master the people to obey his orders, to respect for his policies, and brought peace, justice and harmony throughout the country. But the people in Fujian province had not felt that their emperor was the emperor of the Qing dynasty. Thus, they did not respect the emperor, always be volatile, felt in unfair treatment and disgusted to him. Respected and loved ruler would not impose his will, but people followed his rules considered it for the good.

That was why many sons of the South China Sea coast left their homeland to look for a new life abroad. They believed that the tide would bring them to a new life that was more valuable than in their own homeland. On the edge of the South China Sea were the port of Quanzhou, Xiamen and Canton where they began the adventure to the other side of the world.