7. At Wan Aihua *dayang's Home

October 11, 2009

I met with Wan Aihua *dayang (80 years old) in Shanxi, who is the first Chinese "Comfort Woman" to come forward in the 90's. She is a tiny loving woman but also, very outspoken and feisty. At the age of 15, she was a leader of the Chinese Communist Women's Party. She was captured, tortured, and sent to a military comfort station. Today, she still talks like a leader.

We had a delicious Chinese noodle lunch that Wan Aihua’s daughter prepared before the interview. Meeting Wan Aihua was one of the most important events in the whole Chinese portion of my trip.

* "dayang" in Chinese means "grandma". (In Asia, elders are commonly referred to as grandmother or grandfather, whether you are related to them or not, as a way of showing respect.)

Arriving at Wan Aihua *dayang's home
Wan Aihua *dayang

With Wan Aihua *dayang and Ye Chen
Delicious Chinese Noodle Lunch prepared by dayang's daughter
Lunch with Wan Aihua *dayang
With Wan Aihua *dayang and her daughter