Beatrice Chu was born in the end of December, 1930 in Kowloon, Hong Kong. Before the war, she was middle class. She lived with her many sisters and brothers and her parents; she was the oldest sibling and had 9 younger siblings that she helped to care for. The Japanese came to attack Hong Kong when Beatrice was 11 years old. She and her family fled to a rural mountainous area and stayed there throughout the war. Therefore, Beatrice was not very exposed to the dangers of war, but she did recall many of the very difficult conditions that the family endured.
Beatrice presently lives in Hong Kong and she shared her story with her granddaughter Kelly Chu, who is in Mr. Masters’ Grade 10 History class here at Crestwood. Kelly took advantage of the global village in which we now live and interviewed her grandmother via Facetime.
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- 1. Beatrice Chu - Life before the War.mp4
- 2. Following the News.mp4
- 3. Memories of the Attack.mp4
- 4. The Japanese Occupation; Day-to-Day Life.mp4
- 5. Work and Hardships.mp4
- 6. The Influence of the War; Education.mp4
- 7. Raising the Siblings.mp4
- 8. Other Jobs and Powerful Memories.mp4
- 9. Forgiveness; Living Conditions and the Farm.mp4
- 10. Friends and Relatives.mp4