This name is Meng Zong and changed to Meng Ren to avoid the overlapping name with the Wu state’s Lordship Sun Hao, styled Yuan Zong, during the Three Kingdom period (AD 218-271). He was an orphan while young. He was studious and held various positions under the Yu dynasty.
When his mother was getting old and often sick. Knowing she could get well with bamboo shoot soup, he tried hard for many months to find it, but to no avail as it did not grow on Winter solstice. He felt powerless but did not give up. As a last resort, he went deep into the forest and hoped he could find some. When he arrived on bamboo fields, he held bamboo trees and sobbed. His filial piety must move the Heaven so that his tears cracked the ground, and some shoots appeared. He brought them home and prepared the soup for the mother. After she took it, she got better and gradually recovered.
The above is among several outstanding stories of his filial piety which very few of his contemporary could have possessed. He was not only filial but also proved an exemplary official man to those under his administration. He held several posts during his lifetime and had become so popular that his surname was adopted by many of community members for their children. He was listed in the Twenty Four Filial Celebrities in China.