Descendants of Chinese soldiers join Anzac Day march with a simple plea: ‘no more wars’
GRATITUDE, love and a hope for “no more wars” will inspire descendants of Chinese World War II soldiers marching as the newest group in the Anzac Day parade as they honour their forebears.
The Descendants of WWII Chinese Defence Force was formed in 2018 and now has 31 members aged 55 to 86.
Their relatives served with the communist People’s Revolutionary Army and the nationalist Kuomintang during the united front of the Sino-Japanese War of 1937-45.
“We are taking part in the Anzac Day march to remember and honour our fathers and to make it clear that our peaceful life today in Perth has not come easily, and that we hope that there will be no more wars,” group leader Mary Cai said.
Ms Cai established the group after seeing the welcome for its sister organisation at Sydney’s Anzac Day parade in 2016.
Her father Cai Lie Yiu left Singapore to join the Communist New Fourth Army in China in 1941.
He fought on the frontline in his homeland until US bombing, including the atomic attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, forced Japan’s surrender in 1945.
“We must remember history and learn from it, by encouraging peace and respect for everyone and in this way war can be avoided,” Ms Cai said.
Dianella resident Na Zu, 76, had a father and a mother in the Communists’ 129th Division of the Eighth Route Army. “They participated in many anti-Japanese wars, were not afraid of bloodshed and sacrifice, and made their contribution to the victory of WW II,” she said.
Embleton 86-year-old Pu Chen considers her father, the posthumously-awarded Lieutenant-General Chen Zhongzhu, a hero after he became a leading Kuomintang commander.
Group members will join the annual Anzac Day march from 9am at the corner of Barrack Street and St
Georges Terrace, followed by an 11am commemorative service at Perth Concert Hall.