Chinese civilians burdened with household goods flee from the advancing Japanese troops in Eastern China in 1944. Photo: Getty Images
Chinese civilians burdened with household goods flee from the advancing Japanese troops in Eastern China in 1944. Photo: Getty Images
Jason Wordie
Opinion

Opinion

Then & Now by Jason Wordie

Gold teeth, Parker pens, a Rolex watch: escape kits for when you have to flee for your life, and the things you’d leave behind

  • Hurried escape from the aftermath of war and revolution – both in China and in Southeast Asia – is an inherent part of many families’ relatively recent past
  • What to take with you has always been a conundrum – something to pawn for money, perhaps? It’s best to remember what is essential and what isn’t