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Life in the Camp III

Geoffrey Charles Emerson

in Hong Kong Internment, 1942 to 1945

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print May 2010 | ISBN: 9789622098800
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9789882206977 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5790/hongkong/9789622098800.003.0004
Life in the Camp III

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This chapter discusses the securing of goods or money by illegal means known as the “black market” in Stanley Camp. It notes that trading is considered illegal as it is against the rules of the Japanese occupying Hong Kong. It observes that there were several facets to the black market: first, there was trading “over the wire” between the guards and internees; secondly, there was trading within the Camp, either from the guards or internee traders. It further observes that the trade was largely one in which the internees sold jewellery, gold, or other possessions for yen and the internees could also buy yen by writing sterling cheques to fellow internees who had yen to dispose of. It notes that these cheques were payable after the end of the war. It further notes that there was a great deal of trading of articles themselves, both among the internees and between the internees and guards.

Keywords: black market; Stanley camp; trading; Japanese; Hong Kong; guards; yen; sterling cheques; war

Chapter.  6195 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Asian History

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