Hong Kong Internment, 1942-1945
Life in the Japanese Civilian Camp at Stanley
This book tells the story of the more than 3000 non-Chinese civilians: British, American, Dutch and others, who were trapped in the British colony and interned behind barbed wire in Stanley Internment Camp from 1942 to 1945. From 1970 to 1972, while researching for his MPhil thesis at the University of Hong Kong, the author interviewed twenty-three former Stanley internees. Long regarded as an invaluable reference and frequently consulted as a primary source on Stanley Camp, the thesis is now published with a new introduction and fresh discussions that recognize later work and information, including a new map and photographs as well as an up-to-date bibliography.
"Geoffrey Emerson has written a careful and detailed study of a much-neglected topic in the history of the Second World War - Japan's treatment of enemy civilians in one of its occupied territories. Solidly grounded in research and enlivened by pictorial sketches of camp life as well as interviews with former internees, the result is a story of human endurance and survival amidst terribly trying circumstances," Edward Rhoads, Professor Emeritus of Modern Chinese History, University of Texas at Austin (son of a Stanley internee).
"Numerous personal memoirs and narrative accounts have appeared about Western civilian internment by the Japanese during the Pacific War, but few original academic studies have so far appeared. This important overview of Stanley Camp offers a fresh dimension to our understanding of a much-mythologized period of Hong Kong's history. First researched in the early 1970s when memories were still fresh, Hong Kong Internment, 1942-1945 offers numerous valuable insights into the camp's internal administration, politics and personalities, as well as fascinating glimpses of day-to-day life as a civilian internee." - Jason Wordie, author of Streets: Exploring Hong Kong Island.
Geoffrey Emerson has lived in Hong Kong for more than forty years. He retired from St Paul's College, where he taught history and English and served as Vice Principal and Careers Master. From 1984 to 1986, he was Sinologist and Cruise Director for Lindblad Travel on the Yangtse River. He was President of the Hong Kong History Society (1974-1984) and is presently a Council Member of the Royal Asiatic Society (Hong Kong Branch).
Hong Kong Internment 1942-1945
A review which appeared on Amazon.com 2008:
"A completely engrossing and thoughtful insight into the lives of the people interned in Stanley Camp in Hong Kong. It brings into sharp focus the hardships suffered and the ingenuity of the internees as they tried to maintain some sort of order and dignity under trying circumstances. The much maligned director of the camp apparently did his best in a situation over which he had little or no control. This is a must read for Second World War history buffs."