8th February 2020 (Update):
With the Wuhan virus at its worse, how many Chinese citizens who live and work overseas have gone home but have not met their loved ones after two weeks in their own country.
Because of the clampdown on travel, entry and exit, all of them were not allowed to go back to their own hometown. There are no statistics but read the end of this article about the old man who went down on his knees to beg for a ticket so that he could go home to his loved ones.
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A new writer for this post, A Wayfarer, was teaching with me in the same faculty at one of the universities in Singapore. Here's her take on the Chinese song, The Olive Tree by Qu Yi which I posted last week.
This song is so popular that it is even sung by singers all over the world, regardless of race. The YouTube video is by Sara Niemietz
Thanks so much, A Wayfarer.
"When I played the clip, the first strains of the melody and lyrics made me realise this is a song from my youth, from my past. I cannot recall when I first heard it. The movie? The radio? Perhaps sung at a karaoke session? It is an old song and an old style song. Is it still played often?
A permanent migration, going adrift and far from their homeland, is sad indeed.
Whichever be the case, the reality is he is far from it. He wants to go back to it, he wants to attain this, but the reality is he wandering and a wanderer, alone, and lonesome.
And that is the reason the multitudes of those who had left their hamlets, their villages, their towns, and even their cities to wander elsewhere, heed the siren call of the Spring Festival and the Reunion to make their way "home".
Animal migration in Africa as suggested by 'A Wayfarer' in this article.
Brings to mind the news article about the old, Chinese man who queued so hard to buy a ticket home but was unsuccessful and couldn't buy it online because he was both illiterate and worse, computer illiterate, until he kneeled in front of the station master to beg for a ticket.
You can read Part 1. Click below:
The annual trip home for the Chinese to meet for their family reunion.
Article: An original by A Wayfarer.
YouTube Video: Acknowledged.