Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Mysterious Chinese Tunnels of the Pacific Northwest.

In the mid 1930s, the U.S. Government launched the Federal Writers’ Project to support writers during the Great Depression.

As part of a project documenting American folklores, a guy named William Zimmerman told the story about "mysterious Chinese tunnels" (or "Shanghai tunnels") beneath cities in the Pacific Northwest, where kidnapped city dwellers would be smuggled to the docks and sold into slavery in Shanghai (hence the name).

The tunnels are clearly there - so it’s interesting to see how whatever their original purpose was - in this classic urban myth, it has been nefariously subverted to be a malicious one.

The article is here.

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