Yesterday was the "June 26th" International Drug Control Day. In order to give full play to the role of the Opium War Museum ’s anti-drug education base and raise awareness of drugs and stay away from drugs, the Opium War Museum specially invited Lin Zexu ’s uncle's descendants, Ms. Lin Yi, to tell the citizens of Dongguan The story of Lin Zexu's heroes.
After the lecture, Lin Ying accepted an exclusive interview with the Guangzhou Daily, specifically telling the story behind the portrait of Lin Zexuyou, treasured in the National Museum. Lin Biao said that because of this precious oil portrait, she and other descendants of Lin Gong really saw the truest appearance of her ancestors. She also confessed that because of the heroic deeds of her ancestor Lin Gong, she knew “being the most sincere person” since childhood.
There will be many commemorative events next year
Yesterday morning, the report hall of Humen Naval Warfare Museum was fully occupied, and the theme event of 6.26 International Anti-Drug Day organized by Humen Opium War Museum, Humen Town Drug Control Office and Humen Town League Committee was held here. Humen Opium War Museum invited the sixth generation grandson of the national hero Lin Zexu, Lin Shu, to tell the hero story to the citizens of Dongguan.
Yesterday, Lin Zhe reviewed the great life of Lin Zexu from the unique perspective of his descendants, and talked about the influence of Lin Zexu's spirit on the Lin family and future generations.
"I knew from an early age that I was a descendant of the hero Lin Zexu, but this did not mean that I was a hero. I had to learn from his ancestor Lin Gong, how to treat people and people, how to treat the country and the nation. Because of this, she has a strong sense of mission since she was a child, and her father ’s teaching of “being sincere,” has given her a sense of serving the country since she was a child. Today, she takes the responsibility of carrying forward the spirit of Lin Zexu, travels north and south of the river, and around the world, doing her part for Chinese and foreign cultural exchanges and international drug control.
Lin Ye said that in 2019, it will be the 180th anniversary of Lin Zexu Humen ’s cigarette sales. She and other descendants of Lin Gong are planning a number of large-scale events, including commemorative conferences including "academic reports" and "peak forums." , Mottos, poems and other national exhibitions of fine calligraphy and painting; published a set of cartoon comics with the theme of Lin Zexu's heroes; published a complete set of "Lin Zexu as official" books. It is hoped that through such activities, Lin Zexu ’s influence on smoking bans at home and abroad will be further expanded, warning everyone about the dangers of drugs, and letting everyone cherish their lives and stay away from drugs.
Looking around for "Portrait of Lin Zexu You"
"What Lin Zexu looked like was not clear to me, my family, or even a Chinese historian before." Lin said, but a portrait of Lin Zexu you now treasured in the National Museum of the United States lets everyone see the truth of Lin Zexu. appearance.
Lin Yan said that soon after Humen sold cigarettes, the painter Lan Guan, who lives in the Thirteenth Bank of Guangzhou, created a very realistic oil portrait for him out of admiration for Lin Zexu. However, after being busy with official duties, Lin Zexu forgot to retrieve the portrait. In the end, this portrait was brought to the United States by a cadre who assisted Lin Zexu Humen in selling cigarettes at that time. "As for why this oil painting was in the hands of Li Zhixiang, there is no historical data to check." Lin Yan said that Li Zhixiang later donated the portrait to the National Museum of the United States, which has been preserved to this day.
Later, Li Zhixiang's descendant, Li Shifeng, learned that the National Museum had this portrait of Lin Zexuyou in his possession, and he wanted to buy a lot of money for the painting. However, because this painting is a treasure in the museum's collection and must not be sold out, Li Shifeng had to use heavy money to ask someone to copy a Lin Zexu portrait for 3 months, and used this picture as a cover to produce a book. Lin Biao knew about this, and after many setbacks, he contacted Li Shifeng, who was far away in the United States.
In May 2007, Mr. Li Shifeng and his wife came to Beijing from the United States to visit Ms. Lin Yi's family and bring a precious gift: a copy of six portraits of Lin Zexu You. Lin Ying said that she has some cousins, and her appearance is very similar to the painting of Lin Gong.
Later, she presented these portraits to Lin Zexu Memorial Hall in Humen and Fuzhou. Today, the Humen Opium War Museum also displays this "Lin Zexu You portrait" presented by Ms. Lin Yan.
By Liu Manyuan, reporter of Guangzhou Daily