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A haunting and vivid account of Singapore’s fall

Jing-Jing Lee's novel brings to life one woman's story

The Japanese march into Singapore in 1942

The Japanese march into Singapore in 1942

Jing-Jing Lee’s beautifully crafted novel brings to life the story of one so-called “comfort woman,” of Singapore who was in reality a sex slave forced into servicing Japanese soldiers. Wang Di’s parents are poor and she can’t read or write. As a teenager she is taken away by the Japanese in 1942, after the British troops surrender and Singapore falls. For most Singaporeans, the critical moment in their history was not the arrival of Sir…

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