Brought a group of students out to Kanchanaburi at the Thai border for a service learning trip the past few days and had this book that I bought at the book buffet a few months back with me. Was hoping to complete this classic account of the forced labour used to build the Thai-Burma Railway that was written by a British prisoner-of-war and published very shortly after World War II. John Coast’s original manuscript that he buried to keep hidden from the Japanese guards went missing and he had to rewrite his account from scratch. I’ve only managed to get through a few pages so far as our schedule has been super packed. (We had to cancel our plans to visit the Hellfire Pass and to take a short ride on the train.) Hopefully I manage to get more reading done on the plane.
Stormie at the 8th and last of the Singapore's Best Kept Secrets tours by Jerome Lim and the Singapore Land Authority. Today's session showcased some of Adam Park's beautiful black and white houses, from when tropical living didn't need air-conditioning. The Adam Park area served first as battalion quarters (#7 the former NUS Guild House was the HQ, while #17 was the aid post set afire by the Japanese in retaliation), then site of some of the final fighting of the invasion along with Bukit Brown, then as a prisoner-of-war camp for the thousands housed here to build the nearby Syonan Jinja Japanese shrine off Sime Road in MacRitchie forest, with #11 the site of a prisoner mural - the second known in SG besides Changi you can see being explained with a projector by CW Wong). Beautiful, spacious houses and available for lease from #SLA for >$10,000/month, perhaps. One wonders who lives in some of them... secret and private places indeed. Just a final hat tip to all involved especially @jeronimoloco and the @singaporelandauthority management and staff, who made this possible, as well as the numerous volunteers who came forward to share knowledge and help out : who said that Singapore doesn't see active citizens? 😀🇸🇬🌦⛩⛪️#SLASecretSpaces#adampark#blackandwhitehouses#WWIISingapore#japaneseoccupation#SGIG#singaporehistory#changiprisonmural#stormtrooperlego#stormtroopersofinstagram
The so-called "rohingya" are Bengali muslims that keep getting themselves kicked out of Myanmar. In early #ColonialTimes , they invaded Myanmar to seize slaves in the province called #RakhineState . They got kicked out when the #Burmans liberated #Arakan , another way to say #Rakhine . Next came a cruel #BritishColonial period. Again, the muslim Bengalis came, this time to help Britain subdue the #Burmese . During WWII, the Bengalis massacred unarmed Burmese living under #JapaneseOccupation . Again, the Bengalis were forced out. This time, they snuck into Burma (Myanmar) and set up illegal settlements. They got new weapons from Alqaeda, and again attempted to take Rakhine. Instead, the Burmese sent about 600,000 illegal Bengali invaders home.
USA Secty of State Rex Tillerson made noises this week about supporting alqaeda's client in Burma, the "rohingya" invaders. I say that is DOUBLE HYPOCRISY. First, #GeorgeWBush asked every nation for help against alqaeda when America was attacked. Burma was willing. Why should we now support alqaeda in Burma? Are we trying to create #AnotherSyria ? Next reason: the Trump immigration policy in USA. Not to compare the kind, hardworking Latin Americans with muslim jihadists. But what if USA dealt with an uprising by illegal aliens?? You don't think the #TrumpAdministration would increase deportations if there was a violent, coordinated uprising?
#RexTillerson never knew #BurmeseHistory before taking office, maybe he never will. But, try and remember 911. Try and don't be a hypocrite. For more use #nvbrcwtd . For one-sided pro-jihadist propaganda, use #BBCbroadcasting , #NPRmorningEdition or NatJihadGraphics. Also, #SaveRakhineState#NoRohingya
In the taxi tonight my dad said, "Hey Max, see that old building? That was the headquarters of the Japanese when they ruled over Korea. As a kid I walked by everyday on my way to grade school. We didn’t think of our country as occupied, never talked about fighting for independence. My classmates and I had been born 18 years after Japan took over and we'd been brainwashed into thinking we were Japanese subjects. Young boys were destined to be future soldiers of the Japanese empire. Or so we thought. Today that building is a cultural landmark. At one point there were plans to demolish it to make way for the new city hall, the building behind it. I was very much in favor of bulldozing. But then there was a movement to preserve it as a reminder that we must never let our nation be taken like that again. We must never be so unprepared militarily. We must face up to the shame of our past in order to be strong in our future." #JapaneseOccupation#KoreanHistory#culturalRelic#historicPreservation#Imperialism#colonialism#lessonsFromGrandpa#bestGrandpaEver
Wars leave lasting marks on those that it afflicts. I remember my late father-in-law who went through the Japanese Occupation in Singapore – even 50 years after that event, he kept a cupboard full of tinned food, restocked regularly, just in case of emergencies. He planted tapioca and each time he harvested them, he remembered the acute shortages during the Occupation and sky high prices for staples. “Witness to War: Remembering 1942” exhibition is now on at the @natmuseum_sg and includes more than 130 artefacts from 10 overseas museums and institutions. The exhibition also includes first-hand account of wartime survivors who will never forget what they went through.
I should spend more time exploring archives🔎#SybilKathigasu#malaya#japaneseoccupation#freedomfighter#unsunghero
Excerpt from the text reads:
'Mrs. Sybil Kathigasu was strapped, blindfolded to a bench while water was passed through her nose. When her stomach was inflated, her Japanese captors forced water through her nose, eyes, ears and mouth by pressing boards against her body.
Her six year old daughter (Dawn) was tortured in her presence, bound hand and foot, suspended from an ant-covered tree. Before her mother's eyes, a kerosene fire was lit beneath the child. Although the rope was about to be cut, Mrs. Kathigasu refused to divulge vital information. Finally, a high-ranking Japanese officer intervened, Dawn was released and her mother sent back to the cell.
She and her husband set up a dispensary to assist communist-led guerillas in their jungle fight against invading Japanese forces...'
Went for a tremendous WWII/Fall of Singapore exhibition (Witness to War: Remembering 1942) at @natmuseum_sg yesterday, expertly shepherded by the lovely Sarah (@pjdaysarethebestdays). She and her fellow curator Priscilla have done an amazing job, a true labour of love: from the artefacts down to the stories of war survivors they interviewed. This union flag was captured by a Japanese soldier and kanji was written on it to memorialise the Fall of Singapore: it was later recaptured by a British soldier.
Bill Hume's raunchy cartoon collection on man-woman relations during the American occupation in Japan. This copy with a collection of snapshots of a young Japanese woman and her American serviceman beau #japaneseoccupation