The next day, five Japanese soldiers with a Chinese interpreter came to our community. He explained that the British had surrendered to the Japanese and that we now belonged to a new set of masters.
The Japanese soldiers all looked pleased and smiled pleasantly. The interpreter taught us how to respect the Japanese by bowing to them. He also assured us that the Japanese were nice people if we were nice to them. "It's peace time now," he said.
"War is over and you can all go home and lead a peaceful life."