In Manchuria is the second book of Michael Meyer. The book describes his experiences during his three years living in Dongbei. Through his book I have found lots of things I had never noticed before.

Hoten Camp

I never knew Shenyang has a prisoner of war camp until I read the book. The museum is tiny and shabby but I’m glad to see a real camp with my own eyes for free(and able to get out).

prisoner barrack This picture is taken at the second floor of the only remaining prisoner barrack. I can barely see the stoves between the beds.

City planning

The Japanese plan for the city is still clearly visible today, can you spot the pattern on the map?




I’m impressed after reading the Changchun Wikipedia page. All the buildings around these squares are still in use today, some even still remain the same functionality like hotel, bank or police station. At Zhongshan Square in Shenyang, I saw this funny scene: Chairman Mao stands in the center of Japanese designed square where used to be a monument of Russon-Japanese War greets cars since Cultural Revolution era.

Hail Hitler! An enormous, totally communistic and gay statue. It has a long name: Long Live the Victory of Mao Zedong Though. How can a thought claim victory?

Korean War

I have no idea Neil Armstrong was in Korean War. His plane was hit and had to eject. Of course he came back safely, he got a moon to land after all. Others weren’t that lucky, including Mao’s son.

Propaganda machines really like Korean War these days(2020). I just want to kindly remind them to think about who started it and how many people have died during this war. This is so 1984.