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Did the Japanese occupation bring changes to the lives of teens?

Individual Contribution - Jaslin Soh 2E5 Aspects: Leisure

Getai during the Japanese occupation

Getai during the Japanese occupation

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This source is a textual source about getai which are live stage performances of popular song, dance and dramatic acts.
Explain how the source is relevant to the occupation. What does it show about the situation in pre-Japanese occupation and/or during the occupation.
This source provides information on live performances during the Japanese occupation. Getai are live stage performances of popular song, dance and dramatic acts. Repertoire of chinese songs were sung and performed every night where there is no admission fees. This tells me that there were entertainment during the Japanese occupation.

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Oral History interview with Tan Guan Chew

Oral History interview with Tan Guan Chew

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This source is an oral source about Tan Guan Chuan's experiences during the Japanese occupation.
Explain how the source is relevant to the aspect of life that you are focusing on. What does it show about the situation in pre-Japanese occupation and/or during the occupation.
The interview provides information on what he did for recreation such as playing badminton, swimming at the seaside and going to the cinemas sometimes where Japanese pictures, Japanese propaganda pictures and news were shown. He claims that he does not go to the amusement parks because the gambling was rampant. Thus I can conclude that there were leisure time for teenagers and people living in Singapore before and during the Japanese occupation in Singapore.

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Shaw Cinemas during Japanese Occupation

Shaw Cinemas during Japanese Occupation

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This source is a textual source about the Shaw cinemas during the Japanese occupation set up by the Shaw brothers before the war and during and after Japanese occupation.
Explain how the source is relevant to the aspect of life that you are focusing on. What does it show about the situation in pre-Japanese occupation. Films were produced in Shaw cinemas which was part of movies as an entertainment. When the Japanese occupied Singapore, the cinemas were used to screen Japanese Propaganda films. This means that there were still entertainment during the war except that people and teenagers had to watch Japanese films.

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Happy world amusement park during Japanese occupation

Happy world amusement park during Japanese occupation

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This source is a pictorial source about an amusement park-Happy world( Gay world) back in the 19s and during the Japanese occupation.
Explain how the source is relevant to the aspect of life that you are focusing on. What does it show about the situation in pre-Japanese occupation or/and during the Japanese occupation.
Before the Japanese occupation, there were films produced in the cinemas which was part of the movies as an entertainment. When Japanese air raids hit Singapore between December 1941 and January 1942, business at Happy World continued, and the cabaret had blackout dances (with no lights) to escape the Japanese bombings. This tells me that during the Japanese occupation, there were still eastern and western entertainment such as cabaret, gaming, matches , shopping and etc. However, during the war the Japanese turned the worlds into gambling farms which attracted many gamblers and crowded the dens. The popularity of dens helped the Japanese profit substantially from the revenue.
Still, gambling is considered as a leisure. Thus, there were still leisure activities during the war.

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