This week we catch up with Red Banner Sister, the revolutionary hero who “fled the corrupt West to find rebirth in the East.” Her gripping life story is told in a previous post, “Learn from Lei Feng: Expat Lingo becomes ‘Red Banner Sister.'”
We join Red Banner Sister in the midst of a top-secret mission to the American West, which she stipulates will not be discussed in this interview. She has, however, agreed to answer a selection of questions from the famous Proust Questionnaire:
What is your greatest fear?
That the Revolution doesn’t actually need “this kind of idiot” any longer.
Interviewer’s note: Red Banner Sister is referring to the following quote by Chinese folk hero Lei Feng, “Someone said I’m an idiot, but that is not true. I just want to be a person who is good for our people and the motherland. If this kind of person is an idiot, I’d rather be an idiot because revolution and construction need this kind of idiot.”
Which historical figure do you most identify with?
Lei Feng, obviously.
Which living person do you most admire?
Spray-painted on a wall, I once read, “Jesus is alive!” I understand that he was born over 2000 years ago, so I greatly admire his “stick-to-itiveness!” Is the Mediterranean Diet his secret?
What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
My inability to harness quantum mechanics to better “serve the people” by being in more than one place at a time.
What is the trait you most deplore in others?
Their inability to understand that I am trying to help them.
What is your greatest extravagance?
My “Seamaster Planet Ocean 600 M Skyfall Limited Edition” Omega watch. I bargained the price down to 80 RMB in Zhuhai’s Gongbei underground market.
On what occasions do you lie?
Only within the specifications of my mission.
Interviewer’s note: Red Banner Sister, on a secret mission for her government, is answering these questions from an undisclosed location which she has code-named “Miguel’s Baja Mexican Grill located on Main Street in Moab, Utah.”
What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Self-publishing a revolutionary e-pamphlet titled: Revolution From Within or: How to Stop Worrying and ‘Be that Kind of Idiot.’
What is your most treasured possession?
A rock I collected as a child while scavenging for wild food in the Oquirrh Mountains. Someone once told me it might be a “seer stone” but sometimes I think a stone is just a stone.
What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
Tex-Mex food with vanilla yogurt in place of sour cream. This insult to enchiladas exists in Chiang Mai.
What is it that you most dislike?
False advertising, such as the American “Tea Party,” which delivers neither cake nor joy.
How would you like to die?
At the age of 120, in perfect health, via sudden attack by (still-then existing) wild tigers.
What is your motto?
“You only live twice.”