V-J Day 70th Anniversary
It will be the 70th anniversary of the V-J (Victory over Japan) day and the end of the WWII this August. On Sunday April 19, 2015, the local Taiwanese/Chinese communities had a photography exhibition of the war at Mesa Community College.
After the opening ceremony, Mama Yee approached me and said she wanted to tell me something. Her voice was shivering. I had never seen her like this. She pointed to a picture of Burma and started her story:
“I was born premature in Burma during the war….delivered by a British doctor,” “… the refugees packed the road … abandoned children were everywhere, sitting on the ground, hungry and crying… most of them were girls,” “… my mother said no, she refused to give me up.” “… I finally arrived in Taiwan when I was nine years old.” “… shall I be left on the road then, you won’t know me today.”
1. Mama Yee believes in God. She opened her house and helped many Chinese international students for years. She also attended and volunteered nearly every event among the Chinese-speaking communities whenever she was available.
2. Burma was a British colony then. During the war, Japanese troops besieged and about to annihilate the British army. From 1942 to 1944, the Republic of China Kuomingtang government sent out expeditionary forces to the Burma battlefields to rescue the British army and to combat the Japanese. All the Japanese troops were annihilated at the price of half of the 300,000 lives of the Chinese expeditionary forces.