Internees in Stanley Camp for civilians in the 1940s after Japan’s invasion of Hong Kong. European residents of Allied nationality were first temporarily interned in squalid “short-time” hotels on Hong Kong Island’s Western waterfront before being sent here. Photo: CWH
Internees in Stanley Camp for civilians in the 1940s after Japan’s invasion of Hong Kong. European residents of Allied nationality were first temporarily interned in squalid “short-time” hotels on Hong Kong Island’s Western waterfront before being sent here. Photo: CWH
Jason Wordie
Opinion

Opinion

Then & Now by Jason Wordie

Sick of quarantine? Hotel internment in Hong Kong 80 years ago was a true ordeal, and a prelude to 38 hungry months in a Stanley camp

  • Japanese troops occupying Hong Kong herded European civilians into fleapit short-time hotels and boarding house cubicles in January 1942, at first without food
  • After two weeks they were moved to an internment camp in Stanley. Compared to that, the Penny’s Bay government quarantine facility is luxurious

Internees in Stanley Camp for civilians in the 1940s after Japan’s invasion of Hong Kong. European residents of Allied nationality were first temporarily interned in squalid “short-time” hotels on Hong Kong Island’s Western waterfront before being sent here. Photo: CWH
Internees in Stanley Camp for civilians in the 1940s after Japan’s invasion of Hong Kong. European residents of Allied nationality were first temporarily interned in squalid “short-time” hotels on Hong Kong Island’s Western waterfront before being sent here. Photo: CWH
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