Christine Piper

Christine Piper es una autora de raza mixta japonesa-australiana. Su novela debut, After Darkness (Allen & Unwin 2014), es una historia sobre un doctor japonés internado como extranjero enemigo en Australia durante la Segunda Guerra Mundial. Ganó el Premio Literario de Australia Vogel y fue finalista para el prestigioso Premio Literario Miles Franklin. En la actualidad, esta novela es analizada por estudiantes de inglés del 12.° año en el estado de Victoria. Christine ha ganado además el Premio Guy Morrison 2014 por Periodismo Literario y el Premio de Ensayo Calibre 2014 por su ensayo creativo de no-ficción “Unearthing the Past”, sobre activistas civiles en Japón y recuerdos en conflicto de los tiempos de guerra del país. Visita: www.christinepiper.com; Twitter: @cyberpiper.

Última actualización en abril de 2021

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Remembering the Internment: Mary Nakashiba

Mary Nakashiba 
Born: Thursday Island, 1926 
Interned: Tatura, Victoria, 1942–44

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“I felt betrayed by my country”

Seventy years have passed since half-Japanese Mary was interned as a fifteen-year-old, but the shocking turn of events after Japan bombed Pearl Harbor is still clear to her. After being arrested in Darwin, Mary and her family were transported to Sydney by ship along with hundreds of other Japanese. “When we got off the ship, there was a crowd of people lining the harbor. They were screaming, ‘Kill them! Shoot the bastards!’ I couldn’t believe it—these were Australians, people of my own country. …

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Japanese in Australia: From Meiji to World War II

A distinct pattern of Japanese migration to Australia emerged after the Meiji Restoration in 1868, when Imperial rule was reinstated and Japan’s ports were opened after centuries of feudal seclusion. For the first time, ordinary Japanese citizens could go abroad.

From the 1870s until World War II, more than a hundred thousand Japanese voyaged to Australia. The sugarcane industry in north-eastern Australia attracted many Japanese laborers, as did the pearling industry along the north-western coast. Mother-of-pearl shell was highly sought after in Europe to make buttons for clothing. Like the sugarcane workers, Japanese divers and ship crew were nearly all …

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