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

Group Contribution 1, Group Number 1, 2E6, Aspects: Work, Family, Access to information

The Guitar Man: Alex Abisheganaden
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The Guitar Man: Alex Abisheganaden

1. What is this source all about? Give a description of the source. It is a website about Alex Abisheganaden. He is an accomplished musician in Singapore and this source tells us about what he did during his teenager years. 2. 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-Jap Occupation and/or during Japanese Occupation? This sources shows that he worked for the Japanese by singing Japanese folk and propaganda songs over the radio to earn money for his family.

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Oral Interview
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Oral Interview

1. What is the source all about? Give a description of the source. It is about an oral interview by Mrs Esme Woodford. It tells us that Mrs Esme Woodford did not work during the Japanese Occupation but helped with the household chores as she was the third oldest child in the family. 2. 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-Jap Occupation and/or during Japanese Occupation? This source tells us about a teenager who did not work but had to stay at home and help out her parents to take care of her younger siblings and do household chores. She also did not attend school.

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In the grip of a crisis :the experiences of a teenager during the Japanese occupation of S
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In the grip of a crisis :the experiences of a teenager during the Japanese occupation of S

1. What is the source all about? The source is an autobiography written by Rudy Mosbergen. He was a teenager during the Japanese Occupation. He had to grow vegetables with his family as there was a shortage of food during the Japanese Occupation and he bonded with his family during the time they grew vegetables together. 2. 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-Jap Occupation and/or during Japanese Occupation? This source shows how families could have gotten together by doing activities together such as planting together.

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Oral Interview of Charlie Hock Hye about The Japanese Occupation
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Oral Interview of Charlie Hock Hye about The Japanese Occupation

1. What is the source all about? The source is about how Mr Charlie's family had to sell away some of their assets and how his brother and him needed to go to work to support the family. 2. 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-Jap Occupation and/or during Japanese Occupation? During the Japanese Occupation, Mr Charlie's family had to sell away some of their assets such as trinkets and unused furniture. They even had to mortgage some of their property to "donate" to the Japanese. It also shows that Mr Charlie and his brother in law had to work to support their family.

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Propaganda Paper
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Propaganda Paper

1.What is this source all about? Give a description of the source. During Japanese Occupation, the Japanese Propaganda Department supervised the newspaper publication for their own propaganda. They promoted Imperial Japan's Vision for the larger Asia regions. 2. 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-Jap Occupation and/or during Japanese Occupation? The source shows that during Japanese Occupation, the newspapers contained mainly Japanese wartime propaganda. Any local news the newspapers carried was heavily removed by the Japanese authorities. Some of the propaganda or ideas they included were “Asia for Asiatics” and the “Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere”.

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In the grip of a crisis: the experiences of a teenager during the Japanese Occupation of
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In the grip of a crisis: the experiences of a teenager during the Japanese Occupation of

1. What is the source all about? Give a description of the source. A section of the book talks about Japanese started taking over the main news publisher and supervises the publication in order to ensure that the news published were about Japanese's victory or propaganda. They can come in forms of newspaper, radio, posters, postcards etc. 2. 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-Jap occupation and/or during Japanese Occupation? The book tells me that they narrowed down the news available to the commoners to only Japanese's victory or to remove the commoner's thoughts of white man superiority and to support Japanese instead. They were rarely news of anything other than Japanese propaganda.

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