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Prisoners of war and civilian internees of the Japanese in British Asia: the similarities and contrasts of experience

Yap, Felicia M. (2012) Prisoners of war and civilian internees of the Japanese in British Asia: the similarities and contrasts of experience. Journal of Contemporary History, 47 (2). pp. 317-346. ISSN 0022-0094

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Abstract

The similarities and differences between the experiences of prisoners of war and civilian internees of the Japanese have largely been overlooked by studies of Japanese-held prisoners. This article aims to provide this critical comparative perspective by examining the experiences of prisoners of war and civilians in four key theatres of the war in British Asia: Hong Kong, Malaya, Singapore and Borneo. It draws largely, however, on the intriguing case study of the Lintang Camp in Borneo (Sarawak) where prisoners of war were imprisoned alongside civilian internees during the war. It argues that there were overarching similarities and constraints to both sets of experiences, but key differences in Japanese wartime policies and a variety of other factors such as combatant status, class, rank, active agency, leadership, and gender also contributed to how captivity was experienced during this tumultuous period.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://jch.sagepub.com/
Additional Information: © 2012 The Author(s).
Library of Congress subject classification: D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D731 World War II
D History General and Old World > DS Asia
Sets: Departments > International History
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Date Deposited: 25 Apr 2012 13:31
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/43328/

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