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Images: Yang Xianyi's great-grandson seeks roots in Zhongshan
Updated: 2024-06-18    Source: Zhongshan Daily Large Medium Small Print

For Harry Horvick, four-and-a-half years old, his first homecoming trip from Hong Kong to Beitai Village in Zhongshan was a completely new experience.

On June 14, little Harry and his parents visited Yang Xianyi's ancestral residence, Beitai Air Force Square, Beitai Primary School, Yang's Temple and the Yanhe House, a protected property of overseas Chinese.

"This is my grandmother Yang Huiqiao, the daughter of Yang Xianyi (Sen Yat Young), who was known as 'father of the Chinese revolutionary air force'," said Harry's father Michael Horvick, Yang Xianyi's great-grandson, pointing to a lady in an old photo.

This is Michael's third return to Beitai Village, 11 years after his previous one.


Michael Horvick and his family feel the ambition of "Aim High to Reach the Heaven" of his ancestors next to Rosamonde, the plane model in Beitai Air Force Square.


Michael, along with his wife and son, take a photo in front of Yang Xianyi's ancestral residence.


Michael and his family pose for a photo in front of Yang Xianyi's bronze statue at Beitai Primary School.


Michael and his family walk along a country road in Beitai Village.


Harry gives high-fives to the students of Beitai Primary School.


Under a century-old mango tree, Michael and his family each enjoy an ice cream.


Michael narrates his family history to his son.


Michael's wife and son experience the busy work of farming. (Photo by Yu Zhaoyu and Gai Liubao)

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