Monday, September 11, 2017

Sarawak Liberation Day: ABC for Japanese war

Today is Sarawak's LIBERATION DAY.....The Japanese surrendered at Pending at about 5p.m. September 11, 1945

The Japanese Occupation had particular significance to my family.

From the onset of the occupation, the Japanese had chosen my dad to be a civilian worker, a dangerous and hated job. He was only seventeen. Mum was twelve when they came, her parents hid her from forcefully taken to be a Japanese sex slave., when she was fifteen, they reckoned it was too dangerous to hide her anymore. They sought a complete stranger to be married. They married in March 1945, and the war finished in September.

That was the way the world turned, and there won't be me.

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    Anonymous said...


    ABC-Wednesday said...

    What a terrible story of historie... I can't imagine (thankfully) how they must have felt during those days.

    Have a splendid ♥-warming ABC-Wednes-day / - week
    ♫ M e l ☺ d y ♫ (abc-w-team)

    carol l mckenna said...

    War is never good nor does it resolve anything ~ Handsome photo of your parents and so glad you are hear ~ great historical J post ~ ^_^

    (A ShutterBug Explores)

    Roger Owen Green said...

    Fascinating background of you!


    Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

    What an amazing story of your family history Ann. It was a terrible time, something those of us not as close to it as your family was probably can't imagine . It is good for us to read personal stories like yours. Thank you for sharing it. Cannot help but be curious... did your parents stay together?

    Ann, Chen Jie Xue 陈洁雪 said...

    Mum and Dad were in the Chinese generation where most people did not divorce. There might be the occasional argument and raised voice. Being Roman Catholics help. Dad went to university in England, Mum didn't have primary school education thanks to the Japanese war and being a woman.
    I wrote in my book.

    Su-sieee! Mac said...

    I'm glad your mom made it through WWII okay. It was tough for young women. My mom was in the Philippines during the war. I got the impression that she hid a lot.

    Beverley Baird said...

    It is amazing how your parents met and just how awful war is. Thanks for sharing this history of your family

    Ann, Chen Jie Xue 陈洁雪 said...


    Mum and Dad were matchmade, She about 15, Dad 20. Her grand mother went via a matchmaker to find a fine young man.