War and Memory in Malaysia and Singapore

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Review

"P. Lim Pui Huen and Diana Wong are to be congratulated for editing this fine scholarly volume, which helps our understanding of the trauma of the Japanese occupation inflicted upon Malaysians and Singaporeans and upon their history" (JMBRAS).

About the Publication

This volume consists of selected papers presented at a workshop on War and Memory in Malaysia and Singapore to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of World War II, plus two additional papers. The papers reveal the importance of oral history where documentary records are lacking. The excavation of memory covering classes, communities and localities throws up the multiplicity and complexity of memory, deeply layered and richly textured, especially because of the complex nature of society in Malaysia and Singapore. As the generation of those who fought in the war and suffered as its victims is gradually passing, the reflections on war and memory contained in this volume are timely.
          
          
          
          
          
          

Contents

Preliminary pages
War and Memory in Malaysia and Singapore: An Introduction, by Diana Wong, contributor
1. Memories of War: World War II in Asia, by Wang Gungwu, contributor
2. Memory as History and Moral Judgement: Oral and Written Accounts of the Japanese Occupation of Malaya, by Cheah Boon Kheng, contributor
3. The Malay Community and Memory of the Japanese Occupation
4. Indian War Memory in Malaysia
5. The Japanese Occupation as Reflected in Singapore-Malayan Chinese Literary Works after the Japanese Occupation (1945-49)
6. Memory and Its Historical Context: The Japanese Occupation in Sarawak and Its Impact on a Kuching Malay Community
7. War and Ambience: Monuments and Memorials in Johor
List of Contributors, Index
8. Remembering Darkness: Spectacle, Surveillance and the Spaces of Everyday Life in Syonan-to, by Brenda Yeoh Saw Ai, author
Kamalini Ramdas, contributor

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