In Manchuria -Monday, February 23, 2015
Chinese youth who live in the countryside often dream of moving to the city. Conversely, Michael Meyer lived in Beijing but dreamed of moving to Manchuria, the northeastern province of China known locally as Dongbei (rhymes with “wrong way”), where he eventually resided among his wife’s family in a village called Wasteland. With his new book In Manchuria, Meyer uses trains as a vehicular lens through which to see and explore the region’s history. When not teaching English in Wasteland (where students know him as “Professor Plumblossom”), he tours the countryside, searching for traces of history from before the 1950s. But in Manchuria, the past can be hard to come by.