Fan the Pillow and Warm the Quilt

Zheng Jian, Contributor, Dora Li, Contributing Translator

Fan the Pillow and Warm the Quiltis a story collected in The 24 Paragons of Filial Piety, published during the Yuan Dynasty. The main character of this story is Huang Xiang. Huang Xiang was born in the area known as Jiangxia, in the Eastern Han Dynasty. His mother died when he was only nine years old. He felt very sad and missed his mother day and night. Upon seeing this, all the villagers praised him for being a good boy with filial piety.

In order to give his father more time to rest, he tried to do a lot of the hard work around the house even though he was very young. He took good care of his father every day, even for tiny things. During the hot summer, there were so many mosquitoes that Huang Xiang was afraid his father would not sleep well. Often before his father went to bed, the boy would fan the pillow and sleeping mat to make them cool and to get rid of the mosquitoes. Then he would tell his father that he could go to bed. In the winter, Huang Xiang was afraid that his father would not sleep well because of the cold. Thus, he would lie in his fathers bed, using his body heat to warm the quilt. Afterward, he would tell his father that he could go to bed.

The story of Huang Xiangs filial piety soon spread to the whole city. People one after another praised him, saying, A Huang Xiang in Jiangxia has no parallel throughout the world.This saying has been passed down through Chinese history.


I love this story, if didn’t interpret and perceive it as what a boys does for his father. However through his action what he was able to do for all around him though the love and kindness show through his actions for his father.

Love, light, peace and Healing to all!

Tammie July 29, 2023

Very good story! Thanks for having it translated into English to let Western kids know about genuine traditional Chinese culture!

Michelle August 06, 2022

You are right! Good boy!

Maria July 07, 2020

You are right! Good boy!

Maria July 31, 2020

Good boy!

James Poulter June 13, 2020

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