Bob Reece, Masa Jepun: Sarawak under the Japanese 1941-1945

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Author: Ooi Keat Gin
Date: Dec. 2001
Publisher: Australian War Memorial
Document Type: Book review
Length: 660 words

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Bob Reece, Masa Jepun: Sarawak under the Japanese 1941-1945, Kuching, Sarawak, Sarawak Literary Society, 1998, xix + 254 pp., map, illustrations, bibliography, rrp hard cover A$65, soft cover A$45 (incl. packing & postage)

Until the appearance of Masa Jepun, the period of the Japanese military occupation (December 1941 to September 1945) in Sarawak historiography had received cursory attention. By far the most illuminating work to appear was a section in Reece's doctoral thesis, published in 1982 as The name of Brooke. It was not until the mid-1990s that some other works on this much-neglected period begin to emerge, including Reece's biography of Datu Bandar Abang Haji Mustapha.

What is most striking about Masa Jepun is the wide array of illustrations, from dual-tone photographs and colour posters to caricatures and reproductions of archival documents. Secondly, this work has an impressive list of oral sources. Eighty-four people, from diverse backgrounds in Sarawak, the United Kingdom, Australia and Japan, were contacted. The majority of these are eyewitnesses, and...

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Gale Document Number: GALE|A120109479