Rae Yang describes his initiation to the Red Guard by just taking a band and tying it to the arm. At one time when she was sixteen years old, and with other Red Guards peers on a forty- hour train journey to a provincial city south of Beijing, the youth got bored and decided to make tremendous changes on the train. All people onboard who are had carriages to sleep in and were not workers gave up beds to the Red Guard. At the next train station, Rae shows how people were mistreated by the Red Guard. She gives an example of a woman who is bleeding yet a young girl strokes her.
Rae expresses pity towards the woman but due to Maoist, Yang belief that violence was necessary and inevitable to have a revolution. In the next scenes, Rae narrates the shame and pain that teachers went through as pupils and students denounced their teachers (Yang 83).