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 on 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 and get blindfolded. the Japanese soldiers will proceed to shoot them in their head so they fall into the 'grave' they dug for themselves. the people were lost, afraid and constantly fighting for survival. this thought his grandfather a lesson to not waste food as they are very fortunate and good food are an abundance unlike during the war where they had to survive on sweet potatoes
This source by Farhan speaks about his grandmother during the Japanese occupation when she was only a teenager. the Japanese would constantly harass the people. they were very cruel and would not hesitate to beat someone up despite being innocent. The number one fear that they had was bombing. everyone would never stay in their houses when they heard sounds of planes approaching. his grandmother and her neighbors would run to the nearest plantation to seek cover. they would hide in a long deep trench dug by several families in secret. they had to carry identification cards to collect their ration of food which was already limited in supply. as a young teen, Farhan's grandmother had to find alternatives to get food and would start planting cheap tapioca and sweet potatoes to add onto their diets. she had developed many blisters and callouses by carrying hoes and digging the soil as they were too poor to buy gloves.
This source by Ethan Chong shows a banana note which is the currency that everyone uses during the Japanese occupation. It was very valuable to them during that time. the Japanese were cruel and would torture people of they were disrespectful or did not obey their unreasonable requests. Ethan Chong said this reminds his grandfather that during the occupation, he had to work hard in order to survive when he was young and the tough life that they had to endure. it also reminded his grandfather about starvation because they still did not have enough money for food and was poor.
This oral source talks about the daily lives of teenagers during the Japanese occupation by TAN Teck Chye Victor. He recalls that there is a famous place called the Garrick where free films were played. however young children were told not to go there for fear of forced conscription. Children from around age 10-12 will be selected and trained. The people were not even aware of this many children got conscripted. Victor said that teenagers had to work from a very young age in order to survive. they started doing small business like selling guava that they plucked, washing tram-cars and even tapioca. in fact, they would try to sell anything at all that they could get a hold of in order to make money. sometimes, they were selling supplies from the Japanese which was illegal but had no choice. they were illegal hawkers to make money, Victor said that he was catching fish to sell during that time. they had to do all these outside of school hours, usually its after school. during curriculum times, they had to read books in Japanese, write in Japanese and teachers will communicate in Japanese with the students. Victor remembered that they had to textbooks and the teachers had to asses the students on the wall. occasionally there would be inspectors that come to check on how the students are doing and they had to all assemble in the classroom. in conclusion, they had to work from a young age and study in Japanese. Most of the time the people were unsure of what was happening at all so they had to listen and follow.