Sheng’s father Zheng Ruogu (style Zhu Xu) was born in 1901 and started his studies at Washington University in 1923. After graduating in 1928, Zheng Ruogu returned to China and was hired as professor first at Labor University and then at Fudan University in Shanghai. His publications include Introduction to Sociology and Outline of Research on Modern Social Problems (1929) and Ideal for University Education (1933). Sheng’s mother Xiao Zhu joined the Communist Party in high school and in 1927 entered Fudan University.
In 1937 the July 7th Incident (the Marco Polo Bridge Incident) occured, signaling the start of the Second Sino-Japanese War. Sheng’s parents took refuge in his father’s hometown of Luoshan, Henan Province, where Sheng was born a year later in 1938.
The political situation between the Communist Party and the Nationalist Party resulted in Sheng’s family moving several times during his childhood. From 1942 to 1944, Sheng’s father served with in the Social Department of the Chongqing National Government. Sheng moved to Chongqing with his family and studied at the private Christian school Holy Light School. When the Second Sino-Japanese War ended in 1945, Sheng and his family moved to Nanjing. Painter and educator Feng Zikai (1898-1975) gave Sheng a catalogue which encouraged his pursuit of art.
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