This subject guide covers Japanese-medium primary sources relevant to the Japanese Occupation of Singapore and Malaya. This guide is not intended to be comprehensive, but aims to be a resource to students and scholars interested in this historical period.
To date, significant English-language scholarship regarding the Japanese Occupation utilizing non-Japanese sources has been carried out, in addition to Japanese-language scholarship relating to Japan's participation in the Second World War. However, the perspectives granted by Japanese-language sources remain largely absent from the national-historical narrative in the Singaporean public sphere. This guide aims to increase awareness of and accessibility to these sources (as well as relevant secondary literature) to students, scholars and members of the public interested in the Japanese Occupation and the impact it has had on Singaporean national identity.
Ling Xi Min
Yale-NUS College (Class of 2017)
This subject guide was built with the support of a Yale-NUS College Centre for International and Professional Experience (CIPE) Summer Independent Research Program Grant. The author would also like to thank the Yale-NUS Library, NUS Chinese-Japanese Library, Ritsumeikan University's Kyoto Museum for World Peace and the Kyoto Consortium for Japanese Studies (KCJS) for their invaluable support throughout the research period. Last but not least, I would also like to thank Professor Shimazu Naoko of Yale-NUS College and Professor Emeritus Akashi Yoji of Nanzan University for their advice and guidance.