Thursday, June 3, 2010
The Sook Ching Massacre
I just finished watching a very educational documentary on the History Channel. It covers the Sook Ching Massacre, a 1942 systematic execution of Chinese men in Singapore by the Japanese that were occupying the island at the time. Japanese officials claimed that the motive for the executions was to take out perceived threats, but in reality, many harmless civilians were murdered simply because they fit into a certain demographic. A large part of the massacre took place at Changi Beach, and is a very dark part in Singaporean history. I just finished reading about it in the first volume of The Singapore Story, so it was interesting timing for me to watch the documentary. If you live in Singapore and you have the History Channel, you might want to watch the documentary. It will be airing a few more times over the next week and a half. You can see the times that it will air here.