The spring of 1989 was an interesting time. The year was abundant of upcoming significant anniversaries, or eager anticipations for them. Professor Fang Lizhi had started that year by issuing an open letter to Deng Xiaoping appealing for an amnesty of all political prisoners. The intellectual circle in the capital was abuzz with several supporting letters. Those were early signs of a gathering storm.
From tomorrow, be a man of happiness,Tend horses, split woods, and travel the world,From tomorrow, pay attention to grain and vegetables,I have a house, facing the great sea,With spring warmth and blossoming flowers.