TWINS: Splintered for decades by China's violent revolution, a family comes back together

TWINS Splintered for decades by China's violent revolution, a family comes back together

The twin brothers are standing on a railway platform in Hengyang, saying what they think is their final farewell. It is a spring morning in 1949, and they are surrounded by refugees and wounded soldiers. China's civil war is reaching its climax. The 16-year-olds have received a letter that is to change their destinies forever. It is a message from their father Yang Deyuan: "You two take different roads, so no matter which side is going to win or lose, I will have a river on my left and on my right."

With China's future in the balance, Yang, a wealthy...

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