雷锋;Lei Feng Léi Fēng--is it a true story or...
Lei Feng (雷锋; Léi Fēng) (December 18, 1940 - August 15, 1962) was a soldier of the People's Liberation Army of the PRC. He was characterized by propaganda as a selfless and modest figure after his death and consequently was an idol to many. Today Lei continues to serve as the idol to elementary school students who commemorate and "learn from" him in everyday life, and has become a resilient cultural icon, with many t-shirts printed with his picture on the front.
Born in Wangcheng, Hunan (near the Town of Leifeng, Changsha, Hunan, named in his honour), Lei joined the Communist youth corps when he was very young. Lei died in 1962 at the age of 22, when a telephone pole, struck by an army truck, killed him, when he was directing the truck in backing up. After Lei's death, Mao Zedong began what was to be known as the *"Learn from Comrade Lei Feng" (向雷锋同志学习) Campaign, designed to use Lei as a good example to the Chinese people to be cheerfully selfless and noble in thought.
the Chinese word 学习, when translated literally, can be "to learn, or learn" however, given this context, it means something like "to follow", therefore, the slogan/phrase 向雷锋同志学习 means more of something like "follow the examples of comrade Lei-Feng."
Since, March 5th has become the official "Learn from Lei Feng Day". This day involves various community and school events where people go clean up parks, schools, and other community locations. Local news on that day usually has footage from these events.
Lei's most recognizable image in popular culture is in t-shirt, he's in the same category as other revolutionary symbols including Mao Zedong and Che Guevera at street vendors. Some Lei Feng t-shirts have made their way into the United States as well. Hayden Christensen's character in the movie Life as a House is wearing a Lei Feng t-shirt.
In March 2006, China released a game titled Learn From Lei Feng Online in which the player has to do good deeds, fight spies, and collect parts of Mao Zedong's collection. If the player wins, he or she gets to meet Chairman Mao in the game.
Communist China's leaders have praised Lei Feng as the personification of altruism, the truly selfless figure. Although the historicity and authenticity of the man's story is under dispute, his cultural importance is ingrained within everyday life in China. The importance of moral character was emphasized heavily during Mao's era, but Deng-era reforms have seen a moral erosion where competitiveness in social networks has paved its path. Lei Feng's prominence from school textbooks have declined since the 1970's, although he remains part of the national curriculum and many of his deeds are taught in the elementary school curriculum. The term huo Lei Feng (literally Lei Feng alive) has become a noun (or adjective) for anyone that is seen as selfless, or anyone that goes out of their way to help others.
一次雷锋外出在沈阳车站换车的时候，一出检票口，发现一群人围看一个背着小孩的中年妇女，原来这位妇女从山东去吉林看丈夫，车票和钱丢了。雷锋用自己的津贴费买了一张去吉林的火车票塞到大嫂手里，大嫂含着眼泪说：“大兄弟，你叫什么名字，是哪个单位的？”雷锋说：“我叫解放军，就住在中国。” （雷锋式幽默，汗一个... ...很是奇怪，如果雷锋没说名字，大嫂就不应该知道他是谁，那么这个事情是如何传出来的？难道是雷锋回到部队自己广播的？自己在《雷锋日记》里写的？自己写的嘛.....谁能担保有真伪）