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Red Flag Emulation Drive, painting Su Chien, People's Republic of China, 1951


Work


One day, two days, three days,

one year, two years....


A machine is revolving,

My father who died at this machine,

Told me not to follow his trade...

But I too have worked at the machine,

Labouring year upon year...

One day, two days, three days,

one year, two years...

A machine is revolving,

At length comes the day when the Liberation Army arrives,

Now we are masters of the machine.

I, wishing my son to be useful to our country

Tell him "work alongside me when you are grown-up."


- Teng Che-yu, People's Republic of China, 1951


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