Chapter

A Summing Up

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/9789622098800.003.0006
A Summing Up

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This chapter provides a summary description of the life and conditions experienced by internees in the Stanley camp. It notes that no one starved to death, and the fact remains that every day of internment there was something to eat. It further observes that many skilled medical personnel were interned and so few people died during internment, a total of less than 120. It reports that the interviews of former internees revealed that the Red Cross had done as much as possible and was extremely hindered by lack of cooperation from the Japanese authorities. It further reports that although Japan had not been a signatory to the Geneva Convention, the Japanese government had announced that it would follow the rules of the Convention. It observes that the Geneva Convention failed to note the vast difference between an Oriental, rice-based diet and a European diet.

Keywords: Stanley camp; medical personnel; Red Cross; Japanese authorities; Geneva Convention; rice-based diet; European diet

Chapter.  1484 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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