How Many Times Will Singapore Become a Syonan-To?

On 15 February 1942, the Japanese renamed Singapore Syonan-to after the British did their first Brexit from Singapore. Syonan-to means “Light of the South”. Three years and more than an estimated 50,000 deaths later, Singapore finally shook off its slave name when the Japanese finally surrendered. Source The Singapore Government, always as pragmatic and straightforward,…

What Does World War II Mean To You?

[Warning: graphic images] Imagine if the whole Singapore population of 5 million died. Multiply that by 12 and you get the death toll of World War II. How do the post-war generations from various countries view World War II? What lessons do we need to remember from the deaths of 60 million people? World War…