Translated by Shirley Chang
Xie Bingying (1906–2000), originally named Xie Minggang,
was bom in Xinhua, Hunan. She started to write in 1921 when
she entered Hunan First Female Normal School in Changsha.
In 1926 she became a cadet at the Central Military Political
School in Wuhan and joined the Northern Expedition army the
following year. She studied at Waseta University in Japan in
1935 and returned to China at the outbreak of the War of
Resistance against Japan in 1937 to do her part for her country.
She organized a women’s service team in Hunan on the front
and also edited a journal called Yellow River Literary Journal
(Huanghe wenyi). After the war, she became a professor at
Beijing Normal University (Beijing shifan daxue). In 1948 she
moved to Taiwan to teach at the current National Normal
University. She reared in 1971 and relocated to the United
States in 1974.
As a prolific writer, the corpus of her writing includes
novels, short stories, essays, and travelogues. War Diary (Cong
jun riji, 1828) and Autobiography of a Female Soldier
(1936), her most well known works, have been translated into
many different languages.
Xieduo Mountain was a small village. Right next to the road linking Anhua and Xinhua, it saw travelers come and go all day long. Especially in July and August in the lunar calendar, villagers heading for Mount Heng to