Gao Guanghua - My journey to America is a long story, but I can make it brief. In China, I was a doctor. I was a soldier. I was a teacher. In 1989, June 4, the Tiananmen Square event happened, as we all know.
I went from my home to Tiananmen Square to participate. After that, I was affected in a negative way because of my participation. So eventually, I went to Thailand and I stayed there seven or eight years.
When I was a student, it was before Chairman Mao’s cultural revolution. Later, I became a middle school teacher.
I taught in schools in remote areas of the countryside. Physics, chemistry, math, geography, biology, and some other courses like writing, music, physical education, and arts. Calligraphy was not an important part of what we taught.
If you went to school before the cultural revolution, you’d learn calligraphy. If you went after, you wouldn’t learn calligraphy. It disappeared.
So right now, very few people in China can write like this. People who are 80 years or older can write like this. Among people my age, 70, you might be able to find some people. Under my age, you can hardly find anyone who knows how to write like this.