Lin Gang's father was found dead thanks to the great leap forward's lack of food. 23 million just like him died of starvation during this period.
After moving away, Lin Gang's little brother dies of starvation as well. Lin Gang was left vulnerable and hurt.
Lin Gang's vulnerability lead him to join the red guard, terrorizing teachers, parents, and others. All in the name of Mao Zedong, these middle school children decided to terrorize anyone who decided Mao wasn't good enough.
Mao Loves You
Wanna join the red Guard
Lin Gang realized what he was doing was wrong, but keeps to himself. Somehow, someone found out and thought Lin Gang was not loyal to Mao. A gang of Red Guards came up to Lin Gang and beat him to try and make him loyal enough. This was what happened across the country with other red guards.
No Please! I uh......I like Mao! I love him!
Lin Gang is now an older man with two daughters. His firstborn was someone who loved the thought of modern life, everything from gushing about how they had a TV thanks to the four modernizations to wanting to go to the protests in Tiananmen Square that night. Her younger sister was trying to stop her before she got hurt.
Lin Gang was left waiting for his oldest daughter after she went to the protests even though he knew he lost her too. This is a story so many people in China lived through. Most 7-8th graders were red guards. Parents were left waiting for their children after they went to the protests.