And we continue to discover other little-known facts regarding the Second World War. This time we’d like to tell you more about Singapore and its suffering during WWII.
Actually, it’s not we who is going to shed light on the events of those times, it’s Jing-Jing Lee and her book How We Disappeared. Drawing in part on her family’s experiences, the author has written a profoundly touching novel about human resilience, the bonds of family and the courage it takes to confront the past.
Singapore, 1942. As Japanese troops sweep down Malaysia and into Singapore, a village is plundered, leaving only two survivors and one child. In a neighboring village, seventeen-year-old Wang Di is strapped into the back of a troop carrier. She is shipped off to a Japanese military brothel where she becomes a sex slave, a “comfort woman.”
And then her sixty years of silence came. For all this time she kept in secret what she had seen and experienced. But she didn’t forget it, and memories still haunt her.
And now, in the year 2000, her twelve-year-old grandson Kevin is sitting beside her and overhears a mumbled confession, one Wang Di never meant Kevin to hear. He sets out to discover the truth, wherever it might lead, setting in motion a chain of events he never could have foreseen. So, this stunning book weaves together two timelines and two very big secrets, revealing the strength and bravery shown by numerous women in the face of terrible cruelty.
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