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A Baba Boyhood: Growing Up During World War 2
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A Baba Boyhood: Growing Up During World War 2

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Author: William Gwee Thian Hock
Publisher: Marshall Cavendish
Format: Paperback USED
ISBN: 9789814382229

Eminent Peranakan writer William Gwee shares his experience on growing up as an innocent boy during the Japanese Occupation of Singapore from 1942 to 1945. Gwee's engaging text discusses the challenges faced in a difficult time and how, despite the hardships of war, traditions and taboos continued to be practiced. What sets this book apart from others on similar subject matter are the vivid vignettes of Singapore life in the early 1940s as seen through the ingenuous eyes of a child, as well as strong references to the Peranakan community, whose ethos and culture were forever changed by the war.

Both refreshing and poignant, A Baba Boyhood will appeal to those who have lived through the wartime period, as well as younger readers who seek to understand their place in checkered Singapore history.

* The term 'Baba' refers to the Straits-born Chinese or Peranakans. The Babas boast a unique culture and way of life that is an amalgamation of Chinese and Malay customs and etiquette.


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Last Updated: 24 September 2017