Dear Colleagues and Students,
You are warmly invited to join the following talk:
The Forgotten East River Column: How did Guerilla Fighters Rescue the Chinese Cultural Elite and the Soldiers of Western Allies in Hong Kong during the Japanese Occupation?
(Students may attain 1-hour credit for the HLTH1010 Healthy Lifestyle Course after attending the talk.)
About the Talk
Due to various reasons, the guerrilla war that sabotaged the Japanese Occupation in Hong Kong during WWII has been largely forgotten. This talk aims to illuminate the courageous deeds of the East River Column guerrilla fighters by focusing on two of their major contributions.
The first is about the rescue of more than 300 famous Chinese artists, writers and journalists who had taken shelter in Hong Kong to conduct anti-Japanese propaganda before the Japanese occupation. In the beginning of the occupation, the guerrillas succeeded in salvaging this group of Chinese cultural elite and in transferring them along several routes back to the guerrilla strongholds in Mainland China.
The second contribution by the East River Column is the rescue of many captured or escaping soldiers of the Western allies, and transferring them to Western allies’ military bases outside Hong Kong. The talk will focus on the successful case of salvaging Lt. Donald Kerr, an American pilot whose plane was shot down by Japanese air force during his mission of bombing the Kai Tak Airport.
More information can be found at: http://library.ust.hk/exhibitions/japanese-occupation/
For questions, please contact Alice Ho at 2358-6707
With best regards,
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