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After the Occupation, the first round up of Allied citizens occurred on November 5, 1942. These initial internees, slated for the Haiphong Road Internment Camp, were people on the Japanese watch list who had potential to cause problems for them, due to connections in the technical, language, communications, financial, or religious fields.
The first internment of general population occurred on January 31, 1943. This was for the Pootung Camp, situated at what is now the Pearl TV tower in Pudong. Internment continued with the last intake in June, 1944.
Ballard's Empire of the Sun, by the way, is fiction. His actual experience was NOTHING like the book. The actual takeover was nothing like the movie, either.
author, Captives of Empire - The Japanese Internment of Allied Civilians in China, 1941-1945
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"Ballard's Empire of the Sun, by the way, is fiction. His actual experience was NOTHING like the book."
How EXACTLY do you know that J. G. Ballard's experience was "NOTHING" like his representation in the novel? That's a metaphysical statement, in effect, so rather curious...
As for the seizure of WAKE, this was something for which ADM Thomas Hart of the Asiatic Fleet never really forgave RADM Wm. Glassford. Time & again in later accounts and narratives, Hart stated that it should never have happened at all.
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Until his post, I couldn't find an explanation why a photo in my mother's album dated within a day or two of August 17th, 1937, showed Japanese soldiers on picket duty outside the entrance to the Broadway Mansions still in the International Settlement. I always thought that the British and American nilitary would have kept the Japanese military presence out of the settlement north of the Szuchou Creek.
Both my parents worked on board the Canadian Pacific Railway Empress of Japan and Empress of Russia during the 1930's, so they regularly visited Shanghai, even during the period 1937-1940