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Hong Kong Internment, 1942-1945Life in the Japanese Civilian Camp at Stanley$
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Geoffrey Charles Emerson

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9789622098800

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789622098800.001.0001

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Life in the Camp III

Life in the Camp III

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Hong Kong Internment, 1942-1945

Geoffrey Charles Emerson

Hong Kong University Press

This chapter discusses the securing of goods or money by illegal means known as the “black market” in Stanley Camp. It notes that trading is considered illegal as it is against the rules of the Japanese occupying Hong Kong. It observes that there were several facets to the black market: first, there was trading “over the wire” between the guards and internees; secondly, there was trading within the Camp, either from the guards or internee traders. It further observes that the trade was largely one in which the internees sold jewellery, gold, or other possessions for yen and the internees could also buy yen by writing sterling cheques to fellow internees who had yen to dispose of. It notes that these cheques were payable after the end of the war. It further notes that there was a great deal of trading of articles themselves, both among the internees and between the internees and guards.

Keywords:   black market, Stanley camp, trading, Japanese, Hong Kong, guards, yen, sterling cheques, war

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