Author returns to China civil war siege that haunts her, still seeking honor for its dead

A famous Chinese proverb reads, “The palest ink is better than the clearest memory.” With her memoir finally published in English and Chinese, Homare Endo’s ink firmly spells out a call for historical reconciliation.

Endo was 7 years old when she endured the 1948 Siege of Changchun, in which Communist forces encircled the northeastern Chinese city to coerce the final surrender of Nationalist soldiers. Between 150,000 and 300,000 civilians died in the siege — up to an estimated 80 percent of the population. Read more here.

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