Witness History: Families interned in WWII China

Christopher John Huckstep pictured at Lunghwa Camp in 1945, courtesy of Historical Photographs of China (hpcbristol.net)

Despite facing malnutrition, starvation and disease, Christopher John Huckstep’s father set up a school in the Japanese internment camp where his family was sent in 1943. Herbert Huckstep ensured the 350 children of Lunghwa¬†Civilian Assembly Centre were taught a wide range of subjects using brown paper bags to write on. The school was called Lunghwa Academy and it had its own badge, motto and certificates. A syllabus was followed, exams were taken and there were even evening classes for adults.

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