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Japanese-occupied Asia from 1941 to 1945: one occupier, many captivities and memories

Hack, Karl and Blackburn, Kevin (2007). Japanese-occupied Asia from 1941 to 1945: one occupier, many captivities and memories. In: Hack, Karl and Blackburn, Kevin eds. Forgotten Captives in Japanese Occupied Asia: National Memories and Forgotten Captivities. Routledge Studies in the Modern History of Asia. Abingdon, Oxon., UK and New York, NY, USA: Routledge, pp. 1–20.

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[Opening] Between 1941 and 1945 there was no generic experience of captivity in Japanese-occupied Asia. Some prisoners of war (POWs) were sent to work in Japan and Taiwan, others to labour on the 'Death Railway' between Thailand and Burma, Some camps had death rates of below 1 per cent, others of over 20 per cent. Some camp guards compounded bad conditions with personal brutality; others acted with restraint. Civilian internees, meanwhile, usually remained in the area where they were detained, in Singapore, Hong Kong, the Philippines, China or the Netherlands East Indies (NEI), only to suffer increasing shortages as the war wore on.
This chapter, and this book, highlight the dangers of reducing these varied experiences, and their place in memory, to one monochrome stereotype.

Item Type: Book Chapter
Copyright Holders: 2008 The Contributors
ISBN: 0-415-42635-9, 978-0-415-42635-0
Academic Unit/Department: Arts > History
Item ID: 23682
Depositing User: Karl Hack
Date Deposited: 11 Nov 2010 12:59
Last Modified: 15 Jan 2016 14:59
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