Episode 398 – Anchors Aweigh!

This week, we’re talking about a pair of anchors in a Chinese museum and the tortured path they took to get there. What do the anchors have to do with a “correct” (from the view of the Chinese Communist Party) understanding of history–and how does Japan fit into that story?


Kushner, Barak. “Anchors of History: The Long Shadow of Imperial Japanese Propaganda” in Fanning the Flames: Propaganda in Modern Japan, edited by Kaoru Ueda.

Kushner, Barak. Men to Devils, Devils to Men.

John Dower’s  essay on “Throwing Off Asia” for MIT’s Visualizing Cultures program.

The Military Museum of the Chinese People’s Revolution’s entry on the anchors is here.

An excellent ArcGIS story map put together by the Hoover Institution Archives on the anchors.


The auxiliary anchor on display in Okayama.
One of Zhenyuan’s anchors, now on display at the Military Museum of the Chinese People’s Revolution.
The replica Dingyuan, now a permanent exhibit at Weihaiwei.
A woodcut image of the anchors on display at Shinobazu park in Tokyo.
The Zhenyuan after its capture at that Battle of Weihaiwei.
The Zhenyuan with Japanese prize crew aboard in 1895.

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