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Hong Kong during the 1940s
On 1 July, Hong Kong marks the 10th anniversary of its return to Chinese rule after 156 years of British administration.


Nury Razack
I was born in Hong Kong in 1924. I was educated here in both English and Chinese.

My mother is Chinese. She was born in Port Darwin, Australia. She and her family came back to Hong Kong because of World War One. My grandparents were afraid that the male children would be recruited into the Australian army.

It wasn't very good at all when the Japanese took over Hong Kong in 1941.

The Japanese landed at North Point. We were all taken out into the streets to be beheaded. The Japanese thought we were all families of servicemen because behind our house there were empty aircraft guns and machine gun posts.

Nury Razack
Life was very hard during the war. We had nothing to eat
Luckily, there was a family who could speak very good Japanese and they convinced the Japanese captain that we were not the family of servicemen, so we were let back into our houses.

Life was very hard during the war. We had nothing to eat. There was nothing to buy. We were very lucky because every week I had to go to Duddell Street to get rations. We had to walk all the way uptown.

We were very happy when Hong Kong returned to British rule. We, Hong Kong people, work hard for a living and we had to abide by the laws of the British government. But that was better than the war years.


Diana Hong
I am originally from Shanghai. I was born in 1921. I came to Hong Kong in the 1940s because of the war. And I stayed here because I liked Hong Kong.

I was educated at a Catholic school in Shanghai and I spoke English.

In 1942 when I came here, Hong Kong was not so popular. But I found it to be a busy and an interesting city. I would say that not so many people regarded Hong Kong as a great world city - it did not have the reputation it has now.

It felt really quite British and one thing I noticed is that the British and the Chinese mixed very well together. I think that there are fewer British people now.

I got a job as a government servant looking after flats and residents in a residential complex.

I haven't seen much change since 1997. I still like Hong Kong very much.

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