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JAPANESE MILITARISM - MONOLOGUE

March 28, 2011

As I promised, I will continue to post monologues. I will start with a series of short monologues about Hong Kong's history, particularly about the Japanese occupation period. The text - both the Chinese and English version - were taken from the Hong Kong Museum of History's website (http://www.lcsd.gov.hk/CE/Museum/History/index.php).

PS : Since I have been busy lately and thus I don't have that much time to devote to this website, I just copied and pasted the jyutping transcript from Cantoparser. Therefore, at times there will be some words repeated. But all in all it is comprehensible.

Another thing : the sound is very low, so I recommend you to use an earphone. I will try to talk to my friend and see if in the next recordings he can take care of that and make sure the sound will be louder. For the time being, do any of you know if there is a software that can increase the sound volume of audio files?

日本軍國主義

自十九世紀末日本軍國主義不斷滋長製造緊張氣氛。為了實現其征服中國的野心日本

1931 年首先侵吞中國東三省繼而於1937 年發動全面侵華戰爭先後攻陷北京、上海和

南京,並於南京進行了慘絕人寰的大屠殺,殺死我國同胞約三十萬人。1938 廣州失陷

香港隨即處於日軍的武裝威脅下。鑑於當時香港的防衛力量只有四營步兵、一些支援炮兵及

香港義勇軍英政府遂於1941 年末調遣了兩營共約二千人的加拿大兵至香港增防。

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The Shadow of Japanese Militarism

The growth of militarism in Japan from the late 19th century created the hostile

atmosphere in which the ambition to conquer China was conceived. The first move was

the annexation of Manchuria in 1931, followed by full- scale war in 1937. Beijing,

Shanghai and Nanjing fell one after another, and the Japanese conquerors committed

appalling atrocities in Nanjing, massacring 300,000 civilians. In 1938 Guangzhou

(Canton) fell into Japanese hands, and Hong Kong came under direct threat. Hong

Kong's defence at the time comprised only four battalions and some auxiliary

artillerymen, plus the locally-raised Hong Kong Volunteer Defence Corps. To reinforce

these meagre forces, the British government deployed two Canadian battalions of 2,000

men to Hong Kong in late 1941.