“The Japanese Occupation of Malaya: Discoveries and Misconceptions” August 14, 2007Posted by elizabethwong in Event, History, Malaysia, Southeast Asia.
“The Japanese Occupation of Malaya: Discoveries and Misconceptions”
The Working Committee In Commemoration Of The Malaysian Fellowmen Sacrificed During The Japanese Occupation is organizing a history talk to commemorate the 62nd anniversary of the conclusion of the Second World War.
The talk of “The Japanese Occupation of Malaya: Discoveries and Misconceptions” will be given by Dr. Paul H. Kratoska, the Managing Director of National University of Singapore Press.
Dr Paul H. Kratoska has taught at the Ateneo de Manila University, Universiti Sains Malaysia and the National University of Singapore. He is the author of a number of World War II related books. One such book is “The Japanese Occupation of Malaya, 1941-1945”, a social & economic history, published in 1998.
Common questions such as, were the Japanese after the natural resources when they invaded Malaya? Which was the local ethnic group that suffered the most – the Malays, the Chinese, the Eurasians or the Indians? On what terms? Was it on property loss, population reduction or what? What was this Straits Dollars $50million extortionate donation?
As a scholar, Kratoska emphasizes all the answers should be based on the facts & figures, to be demonstrated rather than assumed. What were the limitations he faced during his research? Let’s find out a better answer on the night, as opinion changes over times in view information availability, where the classified becomes de-classified.
There will also be a book launch of a second re-printed book in Mandarin (first published in 1947) “the World War II and the Oversea Chinese”, by a local history research fellow, Mr. Lee Yip Lim on the same day at 7:30pm.
The talk will be held on this coming Wednesday, 15/8/07, at 8:00pm at The Auditorium of The KL & Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall (No.1, Jln Maharajalela, 50150, KL). It is open for all with free admission.
For further inquiry, kindly contact Ms. Ng at 03-2274 6645.