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TitleWar memory and the making of modern Malaysia and Singapore
Author Kevin Blackburn and Karl Hack
Imprint Singapore : NUS Press, c2012
Descript xiv, 459 p. : ill. (some col.), maps ; 23 cm


Singapore fell to Japan on 15 February 1942. Within days, the Japanese had massacred thousands of Chinese civilians, and taken prisoner more than 100,000 British, Australian and Indian soldiers. A resistance movement formed in Malaya's jungle-covered mountains, but the vast majority could do little other than resign themselves to life under Japanese rule. The Occupation would last three and a half years, until the return of the British in September 1945. How is this period remembered? And how have individuals, communities, and states shaped and reshaped memories in the postwar era? The book responds to these questions, presenting answers that use the words of Chinese, Malays, Indians, Eurasians, British and Australians who personally experienced the war years. The authors guide readers through many forms of memory: from the soaring pillars of Singapore's Civilian War Memorial, to traditional Chinese cemeteries in Malaysia; and from families left bereft by Japanese massacres, to the young women who flocked to the Japanese-sponsored Indian National Army, dreaming of a march on Delhi. This volume provides a forum for previously marginalized and self-censored voices, using the stories they relate to reflect on the nature of conflict and memory. They also offer a deeper understanding of the searing transit from wartime occupation to post-war decolonization and the molding of postcolonial states and identities.


Personal narratives of British defeat and Japanese occupation -- The European prisoner of war as hero and victim -- The Chinese war hero -- Chinese victimhood -- Indian nationalism and suffering -- Malay warriors and pemuda -- Malay victims -- Memory and nation-building in Malaysia -- Memory and nation-building in Singapore

World War 1939-1945 -- Social aspects -- Malaysia World War 1939-1945 -- Social aspects -- Singapore Collective memory -- Malaysia Collective memory -- Singapore Malaya -- History -- Japanese occupation 1942-1945 Singapore -- History -- Japanese occupation 1942-1945 ASEAN

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