Dark Days: Reminiscences of the War in Hong Kong and Life in China, 1941–1945

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Trafford Publishing, Apr 18, 2011 - Biography & Autobiography - 160 pages
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In 1941, Tan Kheng Yeang is a student at the University of Hong Kong as the maelstrom of war engulfs the Pacific Theatre. In December, after many days of brave resistance, the colony of Hong Kong finally falls to the Japanese, and Yeang is unwittingly caught up in that horror that ensues. In this personal memoir, Yeang shares the hardships suffered by the people of China during World War II as the result of Japanese militarism. With a poignant narrative style, Yeang details the brutality of invading forces that seemed to know no bounds as they massacre, rape, and lootturning a splendid city into a region of misery destroyed by the constant humiliations inflicted by Japanese soldiers. As the atrocities continue and the death toll climbs, Yeang details how he and his classmates made the fateful decision to flee to mainland China. As they embark on a compelling journey of human endurance and determination, the refugees struggle across China and face difficult climate conditions, unreliable modes of transportation, and primitive living conditionsall while fearing further pursuit and attacks by the enemy. Dark Days shares an unforgettable glimpse into how rampart militarism forever changed the lives of ordinary people.
 

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Contents

1 Before the Pacific War
1
2 Those Eighteen Fateful Days
8
3 Under Japanese Rule
16
4 Exclusive Exploitation Sphere
24
5 The Ugly Face of Conquest
30
6 Discourses and Conversations
37
7 Later Events
44
8 Departure
51
12 Life in Kweilin
78
13 Liuchow
85
14 Crisis
92
15 An Inland Journey
98
16 Loping
104
17 Kunming
112
18 Wars End
118
19 Return Journey
125

9 Kukong
58
10 In a Train
65
11 The SinoJapanese War
71
20 Hong Kong Again
132
About the Author
141
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Tan Kheng Yeang was born in British Malaya, studied civil engineering at the University of Hong Kong, worked in construction in free China, and eventually became an engineer in the City Council of Georgetown, Penang. After his retirement, he worked as an engineering consultant. He is the author of many books.

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