This source is a transcript of an interview with Dr Tan Ban Cheng, a survivor of the Japanese Occupation from 1942 - 1945. The transcript includes him sharing his schooling experience during the occupation. I chose this source because it tells me of how the Japanese conducted education during their reign and how it impacted the students in that time. "TBC: On the whole, I think the study was not as serious as before. We were rather lax partly because the teachers themselves did not know how they were supposed to teach. They themselves were not very proficient in the teaching of the language. And because of that I think the pace was very slow." This shows that education was greatly impacted in the sense that the students and teachers no longer took it seriously on the account that the Japanese were significantly less concerned with the studies of the people. The Japanese also took away certain subjects like English and English Literature, but kept subjects like Geography and Mathematics. They also taught Japanese, however, even some of the teaching staff were not fully proficient at Japanese themselves therefore the teaching was not as effective.
This source is the recount of a person's mother's schooling experience during the Japanese Occupation. I chose this source as it is effective in telling me the education related difficulties and struggles teenagers faced during the occupation period. The source states that "When the Japanese Occupation started in February 1942, she had to stop school. After that, for the three years of the Japanese Occupation, she attended a Japanese school, had to learn Japanese, but could not remember after that what she had learnt. She attributes it to not wanting to remember anything associated with the Japanese." It shows how the Japanese made it compulsory for every student to learn their language and despite that, there were still students adamant in learning Japanese. This shows how the Japanese affected teenager's studies during the occupation as they forced them to learn subjects that were related to the Japanese and in the end, the students did not even learn anything, and just lost time that they could have used to go to normal school and get proper education.
This source shows a bunch of teenage girls being captured by the Kempeitai. They were captured for personal desires of the soldiers. This caused many psychological scars in their lives. This talks about the emotional and psychological scars inflicted upon these young girls which affected them at a tender age of 13-18. Which talks to me about the effect of the Japanese Occupation on the teenagers.
It is a recollection of a grandmother who was a teenager during the Japanese Occupation. It talks about what the grandmother had been through. In the article, the girl was in fear and would often hid et o not get caught by the Kempeitai. It talks about how t affected the girl as a teenager during the occupation. It also focused on the emotions she had during the Japanese Occupation. It talks about what she felt about the Kempeitai.
This is a life story of Singapore during world war 2 Japanese Occupation. During the occupation, the author's grandfather was retelling the tale of how he survived the Japanese Occupation when he was young. His grandfather's mother was ordered to cook for the Japanese soldiers and it was tough for her. The Japanese were brutal and would torture disrespectful people that did not obey their requests. One such form of punishment is that the people will dig holes big enough for a person to go blindfolded. The Japanese soldiers will proceed to shoot them in their head so that they fall in their 'grave' they dug for themselves. The people were lost, afraid and constantly fighting for their survival. This taught him a lesson to not waste food as they were very fortunate and good food was an abundance unlike during the occupation where they had to survive on sweet potatoes.
This oral source talks about the daily lives of teenagers during the Japanese Occupation by Tan Teck Chye Victor. HE recalls that there was a famous place called the Garrick where free films were played. However, young children were told not to go there in fear of forced conscription. Children from ages 10-12 were selected and trained. The people were not even aware that this many children were conscripted. Victor said that teenagers had to work from a very young age in order to survive. They started doing small businesses like selling guava that they plucked, washing tram-cars and even tapioca. In fact, they would try to sell anything that they could get ahold of in order to make money. Sometimes they were selling supplies from the Japanese which was illegal, but they had no choice. They were illegal ahwkers to make money, Victor said that he was catching fish to sell during those times. They had to do this all outside school hours. In conclusion, they had to work from a young age and study in Japanese. Most of the time, people were unsure of what was happening at all so they had to listen and follow.