WHAT: "Legacy, WWII Allies and the Battle of Hong Kong", an RASBJ discussion (online)
WHEN: Dec. 8, 2021 Wednesday 8:00-9:00 PM Beijing Time
MORE ABOUT THE EVENT: Eighty years ago on Dec. 8, the Battle of Hong Kong erupted, just three hours after Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor. Lasting until Christmas Day 1941, the conflict in Hong Kong and its aftermath underscored the diversity, complexity and innovation of the wartime Allies. RASBJ's panel will discuss how their legacy is being sustained and how their narrative is evolving. Today, how does the Chinese government regard its former allies against a backdrop of dramatically changed international relations? How has Beijing's WWII narrative changed to acknowledge not only some Chinese Nationalist achievements but also the depth of wartime cooperation with the US and UK? Hong Kong historian Bill Lake tells the story of one of WWII's greatest of great escapes; after Hong Kong fell, one-legged Chinese admiral Chan Chak and a group of British army officers, sailors, officials and intelligence agents escaped into southern China, aided by brigands and guerillas. Dave Kerr, who lives in the US, recalls how he traced the China itinerary of his father, an American Flying Tigers pilot whose plane was shot down over Hong Kong in 1944. Local Chinese helped Kerr Sr. evade capture and survive; some were members of the East River Column, who were pro-communist guerillas. Between 2008 and 2020, David visited China twice a year to meet a former guerilla (now deceased) and descendants of grassroots Chinese who rescued his father. Moderated by Melinda Liu.
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