Manchu script in modern fashion

Having started summer vacation, I brought my kids up to Jilin to see the relatives for a couple weeks. I skipped down to Beijing for a couple days to meet up with Victor Mair, David Moser, Joel Martinsen, Brendan O’Kane, and Syz.  On the way back I had to switch trains in Changchun.  I found a cell phone charger and while I was waiting for it to charge, a guy came up and stood near me.  I glanced at his t-shirt and was very surprised at what I saw.

On his t-shirt was Manchu script being used in the same way that you might find English or other western script (and maybe even more unintelligibly):


Perhaps Manchus are trying to reclaim their culture through fashion?

4 thoughts on “Manchu script in modern fashion”

  1. I meant to mention that, but I guess I forgot. He said he got it in a shop in 榆树 (yúshù), which is northwest of Changchun (it’s the county seat of Yushu county, in Changchun prefecture).

  2. Hi Randy,
    I’m working on a documentary on Manchu language. Would you mind sending me an email so we could communicate more? I’d love to chat with you about some of your observations.
    Thank you,
    Rowena Li

  3. hi Randy,

    I have a quick question (more like a need for assistance in translation) for the Manchu language I was hoping you could help me out.

    Please email me if you have time, I would greatly appreciate your help!

    Thank you.



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