”In Japan, where 30,000 people committed suicide every year for three consecutive years, there is such a Chinese who is tenaciously tearful and alive.” This is the first sentence of the Japanese TV documentary “There is a tearful living”. The documentary tells the story of the tears of Chinese father Ding Shangyu who worked hard for 15 years in a foreign country for his family and children.
Hokkaido “Great Escape”
At 12 o’clock in the middle of the night, the dark sky was drizzling with drizzle. A cold town in the easternmost town of Hokkaido, Japan, a group of Chinese students stalking under the cover of night.
The “flight” of the morning was discovered by the school and forced to bring back. At this time, their every move was particularly vigilant.
At 3 in the morning, they crossed the town and crossed the airport. Due to the constant avoidance of the night car, the dewdrops and rain in the wormwood grass quickly soaked into the sweater, and the cold shirt was creased on the body. Each of them holds a wooden stick in their hands, which is a weapon that is ready to wrestle with wild bears and wild wolves. A few hours of walking on the walk, so that the two calves are sore and swollen.
Gradually, the darkness of the surrounding area became a hazy white mist. In front of Kushiro City, the fugitives were exhausted and quietly put on dry clothes in an unmanned shed behind the Kushiro Station. When the tram bound for Sapporo was about a minute away, they rushed into the station, almost jumping into the carriage at the moment of closing the door. As the tram started, their “flight” was successful.
This is the night trip of this group of Chinese students in Akan Town, Japan in June 1989, and later became the “Great Escape” of Hokkaido, which shocked all of Japan.
Ding Shangyi is one of the “fugitives” at the age of 35. Half a year ago, in Shanghai, the young man spent five cents to buy information from a bird school, Akan Town, and borrowed 420,000 yen (about RMB 30,000) to leave his wife and daughter in Shanghai. I came to Japan alone.
Because he was “decentralized” and missed his chance to study in the early years, he wanted to re-establish his starting point in Japan.
It is envisaged that after finishing the language school in Akan Town, he will be admitted to a Japanese university and will later bring his wife and daughter to Japan to live together.
At that time, the Chinese only saw Hokkaido in the Japanese film “Hunting”, knowing that it was a desolate, cold place. It was only in Akan Town that the town of Hokkaido was extremely scarce, almost all of them were old people and children. The government agreed to recruit these students to solve the problem of overpopulation in the area.
For Chinese students, they intended to study and work while paying off debts. But there are no convenience stores in the school. Where do you go to work? How to pay debts?
NHK TV station has continuously reported the “great escape” in the country. The reporter Mi Yuanshang said after the interview: “In the most advanced Japanese territory, there is still a Chinese who is recognized as the most survivable in the world. The place.” The first batch of 56 students at the Flying Bird Academy-Akan Township, only seven people remained after half a year.
a family of three people
After a day of work, it has passed 12 o’clock in the middle of the night. The last trams were all closed, and Ding Shangyu walked home along the track.
At that time, Ding Shangyi fled to Tokyo all the way, and stayed for eight years. His visa soon passed, and he became an illegal resident in Japan.
In order not to wake the landlord, he always squats upstairs. In the years when he was working in Tokyo to pay his debts, he gradually changed his goal – to make efforts to make money, and to send his daughter to a foreign university to study in the future, and to entrust his dreams of schooling that he could not achieve to his daughter.
”A few years before I came to Japan, I worked hard to pay for my work, and I didn’t have any money. I used to spend money. I don’t know how to use it in my pocket.” Ding Shangyu said.
This is a wooden building built in Toshima, Tokyo, 30 years ago. Ding Shangyu is cooking, bathing, going to the toilet, sleeping in the cabin upstairs less than 10 square meters. The bathing facilities are specially made by Ding Shangyu: a plastic bag of the size of a bathtub, and a “shower” is a hot water jet for washing dishes. When bathing, people must stand in plastic bags and the water will not flow to the ground. After bathing, pick up the plastic bag and pour out the water from the drain of the dishwashing.
”When I ran, my wife couldn’t figure it out. I always thought that I had other women here. In fact, I just wanted to fight for my daughter.” Looking at the photo of the daughter on the wall, Ding Shang choked, leaving Shanghai. The daughter is still only a fourth-grade student, and now (1997) she has been in the graduating class to do the final sprint before the college entrance examination.
In the Cultural Revolution, in 1970, Ding Shangyu was deported to the poorest place in China at that time, Wuhe County, Anhui Province. The barren land does not produce half-grain wheat, the land is cracked, and the muddy house is infiltrated. The shortage of food forced Lao Ding to work more than ten hours a day, that is, in the days of enduring hunger and thirst, and suffering and despair, Lao Ding married his wife Chen Zhaoxing.
Like Chen Ding, Chen Zhaoxing was also from Shanghai to Wuhe County. In an environment where there is no electric light, no gas, and no running water, the two of them jointly promised “to share the joys and sorrows and work together to live together.”
Soon after the Cultural Revolution, they returned to Shanghai. Then their daughter was born, with the ambiguity of the bright future of the future, they named the daughter “晽”.
”My mother is very happy. She is happy and she has lost her tears.” Ding said with a smile. In the summer of 1997, she received an offer letter from the State University of New York.
Lao Ding’s home in Shanghai, the second floor of an old house built 70 years ago. The common kitchen on the first floor was dim and small. Chen Zhaoxing made a meal after work every day, and then went to the upstairs room to eat with his daughter. After dinner, her daughter wrote homework at the corner desk. Chen Zhaoxing read the newspaper while she was sleeping. In order to save the cost of studying abroad, the mother and daughter lived together for a simple life.
On the last night of my daughter’s stay in Shanghai, my luggage has been packed up.
”The family is divided into three places.” Chen Zhaoxing whispered, “I used to burn incense. I heard that the length of the three incenses is the same. I burned three different lengths, which are divided into three places.” She crossed her hand in the air.
For a long time, she and her daughter sat side by side on the sofa, and looked at each other silently. Suddenly she thought of something, and said: “You have to go alone, we are all old.” She laughed twice. However, only the fan on the top of the room is blowing.
Eight years ago, at Hongqiao Airport, Chen Zhaoxing said goodbye to her husband. So far, she has not reunited. At this moment, she has again sent her daughter again, and I don’t know what to say.
Two people in Tokyo
The plane that Ding Hao took was first transferred in Tokyo and then to New York. She had a 24-hour stay. From the time of elementary school, my father, after eight years, finally met her in Tokyo.
The two men stood in the sundial, the train had not stopped, Ding Hao excitedly shouted: “I saw my dad!” Ding Shangyu also immediately greeted him, took the suitcase from his daughter’s hand, no hug, Like a normal home.
On the train, the father teased his daughter, “It’s time to lose weight,” and “has cut off both eyelids.” Ding Xiaojiao replied slyly: “Don’t talk to others.”
After dinner, I was silent for a long time. Lao Ding said: “When I left, I was crying through the glass window of the airport. I was crying, remember?”
”Remember a little.”
”You were so small at that time, just covering your face and crying.” Then there was another silence.
The next day, the express train to Narita Airport. Lao Ding can only send his daughter to the previous stop of the airport. Due to illegal detention, he is unable to enter the airport where he needs to show identification documents.
The train stopped at the platform for half a minute, Ding squinted, and the father and the daughter were separated by a window, just as Ding Shangyu left Shanghai.
”When I saw my father, I thought it would be a little bit strange for eight years, but no matter how dad or dad. When I was with him, I just wanted to be happy, otherwise I am sad, he will be more sad than me. Ding Wei said.
At the age of 18, Ding Hao came to New York to study alone, and his father continued to stay in Tokyo. In Shanghai, Chen Yixing, who is single, is working hard. This is a long-established garment factory. Chen Zhaoxing has been in the factory for 20 years. “They all talk about buying some good clothes to wear and enjoy, I always feel that the clothes are enough to wear.”
In order to visit her daughter, she has been applying for a visa to the United States. From the year Ding Yi went abroad, he applied for five consecutive years, 11 times. Unfortunately, the Stars and Stripes did not understand the mother’s mind.
In the spring of 2002, Chen Zhaoxing’s 12th application was approved. In her heart, there is also a long-awaited wish. On the way to New York, the transit time can be used for up to 72 hours in Tokyo. This is the only chance she can meet her husband.
”I feel that it is very long. It is so long in 13 years, I am looking forward to it every day, I hope that one day I will reunite.”
The day before she left, she went to a tailor shop nearby and made a piece of clothes with the materials from the outside, and she was hot. At this time, in Tokyo, Lao Ding is also busy preparing for his wife’s arrival.
Lao Ding turned out a big red pillowcase: “This is the pillowcase we used to get married. 25 years ago, she personally stitched it. I brought one over and she left one.” He smiled slyly. The old incisors are sparse and full of dentures. In the past few years, there are only eight of his own teeth.
Also in the station in Nippori, the train did not stop. Chen Zhaoxing recognized the husband who had not seen it for 13 years. He did not have a hug. Ding Shangyu took over his wife’s suitcase and waited for the gap between the cars. He silently I watched this woman for a long time from behind.
In recent years, the old man is older, and with the economic downturn in Japan, he can only go to the sweeping place, wash the dishes, work seven days a week, all year round. Looking at the back of her husband cooking in the kitchen, looking at the pictures of her daughter on the wall, and the pillowcase she had hand-stitched, Chen Xiaoxing’s gratified smile was full of pity.
The next day, the two of them met together to travel. Lao Ding took his wife to take a group photo, took his wife to taste the snacks in Tokyo, watched the cherry blossoms, watched the night scene, and burned incense and blessed together.
This is Tokyo of two people. 72 hours, 3 days of transit time, finally, only left, silent.
In the summer of five years ago, in this train to Narita Airport, Lao Ding and his daughter were separated; at this moment, they were separated from their wives.
As if everything was repeating itself, until the train exited the platform, Chen Zhaoxing frequently looked back, and the scenery outside the window flew past. This strange country, the husband struggled for 13 years.
In June 2004, Ding Shangyi decided to go home.
Before returning home, Lao Ding decided to go to Akan Town again. 15 years ago, it was also this season. His trip to Japan started from there. In the 15 years after Hokkaido’s “great escape”, the population in the town is still decreasing, and the government has decided to merge Akan Town into Kushiro City.
Looking at the abandoned school building, the textbooks piled in the corner, the old can not help but feel sad.
”Although the debt was heavy at the time, after 15 years, it was thanks to this place. 15 years ago, when I came here, I thought that life may be sad, but now it seems that life can never give up. “”
Today, Lao Ding’s daughter has obtained a doctorate in medicine in the United States. She has received her parents from Detroit. In 20 years, three people from each side of the day have finally reunited.