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Forgotten History of Pacific Asia War

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Get closer to the untold forgotten history of the Pacific Asia War with Damian Abernathy. Learn more about topics like bioweapon in Unit 731, Japan before Pearl Harbor, and more. Support this podcast:

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Episode 71: The Attack on Pearl Harbor

December 1st, 2020


Pearl Harbor was a United States naval base on the island of Oahu, located west of Honolulu. On December 7, 1941, the Imperial Japanese Navy bombed …

Episode 70: The Battle for Burma

November 20th, 2020


Burma was a mountainous country nestled between British India and Japan occupied China. Prior to 1941, Burma was of little importance to countries such as Great Britain and the United States. The mountainous region of …

Episode 69: The Underground Philippines Resistance

November 16th, 2020


The Imperial Japanese Forces attacked Pearl Harbor and the Philippine Islands simultaneously. This planned attack on these two specific areas was a …

Episode 68: Lee Kuan Yew and the Occupation of Singapore

November 13th, 2020


There is no person more important to Singapore’s modern history than Lee Kuan Yew. He led Singapore into the modern age, guiding Singapore from a …

Episode 67: The Plight of the Guerrilla Forces in the Philippines in WW2

November 9th, 2020


During World War 2, there were non-Filipinos soldiers who decided not to surrender with some running off to safety and others being cut off in their …

Episode 66: The History of the Flying Tigers

October 30th, 2020


The Flying Tigers, officially known as the First American Volunteer Group, were American pilots who fought in the Chinese Air Force during World War …

Episode 65: ​Education in Singapore During Japanese Occupation

October 29th, 2020


The Japanese occupation of Singapore took place from 1942 to 1945 after the British surrendered in February 1942. One month later, in March 1942, the …

Episode 64: Philippines Battles in World War II

October 26th, 2020


The Philippines played a critical role in American strategy during World War II. Before the war, the United States had large numbers of troops …

Episode 63: Japan’s Unofficial War with China

October 23rd, 2020


During the early twentieth century, the Imperial Japanese Army invaded and occupied Chinese lands without ever officially declaring war. In 1915, Japan issued the secret Twenty-One Demands to Chinese president Yuan …

Episode 62: A Pariah of Singapore - General Henry Gordon Bennett

October 21st, 2020


The Fall of Singapore was a military disaster contemporary with Pearl Harbor, but it led to division and finger-pointing instead of rallying the Allies further against Japan. The Japanese invasion of Malaya (today’s …

Episode 61: What Do People Do with Offensive Wartime Memorabilia?

October 19th, 2020


Human beings have been collecting things for as long as anyone can remember. While there is some disagreement as to whether this activity is purely …

Episode 60: Censorship and Oppression in Wartime Japan

October 16th, 2020


The war crimes committed against Chinese, Koreans, Filipinos, and Russians by Imperial Japan during the Pacific War have been well documented and acknowledged, unfortunately mostly outside of Japan.  What is discussed …

Episode 59: The Building of Thailand-Burma Railroad aka "Death Railroad"

October 15th, 2020


About a two-hour drive from the capital city of Bangkok is the western province of Kanchanaburi. With an etymological name translating to “The City …

Episode 58: The Rise of Laotian Nationalism During WW2

October 12th, 2020


Looking back, one could say that Laos was in an interesting place during World War II. The country was occupied by two forces, both allied and axis …

Episode 57: The Burma Campaign

October 9th, 2020


From January 1st, 1886 to January 4th, 1948 Burma was a territory amassed by the British; who seized it for its tremendous wealth. Burma was wealthy …

Episode 56: The Timeline of the Decolonization of Asia Post WW2

October 7th, 2020


While independence movements were established well before the beginning of World War II, the conclusion of the war itself served as an important catalyst in forcing foreign powers to retreat and grant nation-states …

Episode 55: Emperor Hirohito Before and After the War

October 5th, 2020


“That’s all you have to say! I think the highest symbol of human irresponsibility is the Emperor! Followed by officers like you!” - Okuzaki, The …

Episode 54: What Does the Rising Sun Flag Mean?

October 2nd, 2020


The rising sun flag refers to the flag of Imperial Japan’s military, particularly the Imperial Japanese Navy, during and before World War II. It has …

Episode 53: The Philippines' Struggles for Independence

September 30th, 2020


From Spanish Colonialism to the Malolos Republic and Resistance to the U.S. Control, then the Commonwealth of the Philippines and WWII, and final …

Episode 52: Four Fronts of WW2 Military Tactics: Blitzkrieg, Kamikaze, U Boats, & Cryptography

September 28th, 2020


By the time of WW2, war strategies were a lot more complicated than the end of World War 1. In World War 1, much of the war was fought using trench …

Episode 51: The Nazi Flag vs. The Rising Sun Flag

September 25th, 2020


There is nothing that can spark quite so much controversy than the Nazi flag. Its black swastika and red backdrop can produce a strong flurry of extreme emotions to many around the world. The flag itself was made famous …

Episode 50: The Legend of the Golden Lily Operation

September 23rd, 2020


Rumors of hidden treasure from wartime loots locating in the islands of Mindanao, Philippines, have been around ever since Lieutenant General Yamashita surrendered to the Allied Forces after he lost the Battle of Manila …

Episode 49: The Japanese Economy After WWII

September 21st, 2020


After WWII, Japan’s economy boomed: it rivaled the US in economic recovery in just 80 years up until the end of the Cold War era. Japan rose from the …

Episode 48: Corporate Slave Labor During World War II of BMW, Audi, and More

September 18th, 2020


Compensation, apologies, and memorialization remain controversial when talking about corporate responsibilities post-World War II. To this day, …

Episode 47: The Repositioning of Power - Thai Monarchy Pre and Post WWII

September 16th, 2020


October 13, 2016, the day that Thailand, and the world, lost the longest-reigning monarch in modern history. King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand took …

Episode 46: The Basics of San Francisco Peace Treaty

September 14th, 2020


The San Francisco Peace Treaty (SFPT) was an agreement, made by 48 nations, that came into effect on April 28, 1952. This treaty was a bilateral decision that inevitably helped secure the enduring relationship between …

Episode 45: The Theory of Immigration for Asian, Latino, and African

September 11th, 2020


When speaking on immigration it is important to differentiate the experiences of all peoples. American Social Studies curriculum for example, only …

Episode 44: Battle of Sittang Bridge & Its Implications for Burmese Conquest

September 9th, 2020


5:22 am February 22, 1942. Burma British forces, mainly the 17th Indian Infantry Division, were falling back against Japanese advancement. The had already given everything they had at the Battle of Bilin River. Weak, …

Episode 43: A Japanese Linguist and an American Soldier

September 8th, 2020


If you were asked to describe a “soldier,” what kind of image does that word conjure up in your mind? Popular media has generally portrayed the …

Episode 42: Seri Thai Movement, Covert Operations in Southeast Asia

September 4th, 2020


In contingent with the bombing of Pearl Harbor in the last month of 1941, the Japanese Imperial Army marched into Southern Thailand from Malaysia, calling for free passage into the country. ​Phibun Songkhram, both …

Episode 41: The Malayan Campaign & Japanese Blitzkrieg

September 2nd, 2020


A summarized timeline of the Japanese Malayan Campaign, beginning from the Attack on Pearl Harbor to the Fall of Malaya.

1. Ho, Stephanie. …

Episode 40: Chinese Americans in WASP Program

August 31st, 2020


Although the media depict women’s involvement in the war mostly in a sidekick role as homemakers, nurses, and factory workers, they were a lot more …

Episode 39: An Overview of Thailand's Participation in WW2

August 28th, 2020


In December 1941, over the course of only a few days, the Thai government moved from a public stance of neutrality to a military alliance with Japan. …

Episode 38: Fortune Cookies and the American Identity

August 26th, 2020


The fortune cookie factory in San Francisco's Chinatown is often characterized as an emblem of the past-the last of its kind. Located in a crowded …

Episode 37: Pre-WW2 Japan's Economic Policies

August 24th, 2020


What makes Japan especially unique, when considering the economic history of the country, would be their implementations of policies. Analyzing …

Episode 36: The Fall of Rangoon

August 21st, 2020


In March 1942, Japan seized control of the lower region of Burma by taking the city of Rangoon. Rangoon, now known as Yangon, was Burma’s …

Episode 35: Interrogation Revealing Ishii Shiro’s Plan for Biological Warfare

August 19th, 2020


Under the leadership of Commanding Officer Ishii Shiro, Unit 731 in Harbin, Manchuria functioned as the Imperial Japanese Army’s covert weapons research facility. Here, from 1937-1945, Japanese scientists and …

Episode 34: Post World War II Japan Reflected through Marie Kondo

August 17th, 2020


Marie Kondo has garnered mass mainstream attention through her book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up (2011) and the corresponding Netflix show “Tidying Up With Marie Kondo” (2019). In media, Kondo is known for the …

Episode 33: The Timeline of India's Independence

August 14th, 2020


Though colonized by the Great Britain Empire for almost 200 years, the Indians never gave up their hope for liberty. During 1857 and 1858, the …

Episode 32: India’s Involvement in World War II

August 12th, 2020


The view of the World Wars are often through the western lens. World War historiography mostly glosses over the involvement of colonial armies, and …

Episode 31: Little Saigons in America, A Home Away from Home

August 10th, 2020


On April 30th, 1975, the Fall of Saigon occurred and left more than 1.6 million Vietnamese immigrants, to be resettled around the world. Vietnamese immigrants fled in two distinct waves. The first wave of immigrants …

Episode 30: Opium War, US-China Trade War, and Modern Global Trade

August 7th, 2020


Trade has often been ascribed as one of the core building blocks of a successful and healthy society. This remains true today, as there are a …

Episode 29: Intro to Opium War, US-China Trade War, and Modern Global Trade

August 5th, 2020


In 2018, President Trump pulled out of the TPP. The Trump Administration promoted protectionism and it no longer wanted to negotiate trade, among …

Episode 28: The Rape of Nanking, Controversy and Coverups

August 3rd, 2020


As the name itself implies, The Rape of Nanking is no light subject. It is one of many of Japan’s extended list of war crimes committed by commanders and their troops during World War II. Throughout the seven-week …

Episode 27: Colonization in China - How it Affected Trade in the Modern World

July 31st, 2020


The colonization of China was a long campaign involving the exploitation of the Chinese economy by the western powers, but mainly of Britain, France, …

Episode 26 Bonus: Pinay Guerrilleras: The Unsung Heroics of Filipina Resistance Fighters

July 29th, 2020


December 8th, 1941 marked the start of the full-scale invasion of the Philippines. With the surrender of the Bataan Peninsula and the fortified …

Episode 26: Malabar Famine Under British Occupation

July 27th, 2020


William Logan, in his book, Malabar, has explored the famine repeatedly faced by this district and chronicled the history and culture of Malabar. …

Episode 25: Why Did Japan Attacked So Many Southeast Asia Countries in WW2

July 24th, 2020


Japan’s “Meiji Restoration”—which spelled the end of the country’s isolation from the West during the reign of the Tokugawa Shoguns--allowed it to …

Episode 24: War Memory of the Chinese Expeditionary Force

July 23rd, 2020


After Communists won the Civil War and founded the People’s Republic of China in 1949, the history of the Chinese Expeditionary Force (CEF) was …

Episode 23: WWII and the Progress of the LGBTQ Culture - The Queer Soldier

July 20th, 2020


It has been 75 years since the Allied troops landed on the beaches of Normandy, and 50 years since the riots at the Stonewall Inn, yet these events …

Episode 22: 6 Facts to Share About Women During World War II

July 17th, 2020


International Women’s Day is more than just a hashtag on social media. It is a day celebrated internationally by at least 100 countries such as …

Episode 21: U.S. and Britain's Debates on Post-WWII Negotiations for Thailand

July 15th, 2020


The United States and Britain, though supported by the Free Thai movement’s espionage throughout the war, had staunch differences and perspectives when it came to post-war negotiations. The United States took a more …

Episode 20: William McGarry and His Rescue by the Free Thai Movement

July 13th, 2020


"Learning that the superstitious Japanese feared sharks, the ingenious Yanks painted the snout's of their P-40s to represent grinning heads of 'tiger sharks.' The A.V.G. pilots called themselves 'Tiger Sharks' but it …

Episode 19: How Much of China did Japan Occupy in WW2?

July 10th, 2020


In the late 19th century, as China declined in the face of internal struggles and foreign intrusion, Japan was on the rise. As the world moved on to the 20th century, China’s loss of influence over Korea and the …

Episode 18: Japanese Use of Poison Gas in World War II

July 6th, 2020


The years leading up to World War II saw an increase in the use of biological and chemical warfare in Japan, spearheaded by Major-General Ishii …

Episode 17 Bonus: Three Years and Eight Months of Hong Kong

July 3rd, 2020


Eight hours after the attack on Pearl Harbor, the Japanese Imperial Army launched an invasion plan for Southeast Asia, including Hong Kong. Since …

Episode 17: Celebrating Injustice - The Confederate Flag vs. The Yasukuni Shrine

July 1st, 2020


The Confederate flag is a widely known and highly debated symbol in the U.S. To many, the Confederate flag is a shrine to the fallen southern …

Episode 16: U.S. Pre-War Doubts on the Success of Biological Warfare

June 29th, 2020


After the horrors of what chemical warfare had applied to humans in World War I, several countries took upon matters to discuss about the prohibition to use such measures in war. As one of the leading forces behind the …

Episode 15: A Deadly Retreat from Burma

June 26th, 2020


In May 1942, the rainy season in Burma just began to reveal its true color, soaking lands with nightmarish thunderstorms. In the meantime, tens of …

Episode 14 Bonus: Free Sample of Unit 731 Audiobook

June 25th, 2020


Unit 731: The Forgotten Asian Auschwitz

Under the leadership of Dr. Shiro Isshi, Unit 731 subjected 3,000-250,000 innocent men, women, and children to cruel experiments and medical procedures that were carried out by …

Episode 14: The Vietnamese Boat People: A Story of Trials and Tribulations

June 22nd, 2020


The Vietnamese Boat People were a series of refugees that fled Communist Vietnam in a mass exodus occurring in 1954, and again from 1975-1992. In 1954, the Northern Vietnamese fled to Southern Vietnam to escape the …

Episode 13: The Formation of French Indochina

June 19th, 2020


Pre-colonized Vietnam was split into three states, Cochinchina, Annam, and Tonkin. Cochinchina covered the most southern part of Vietnam in which its …

Episode 12: The Khabarovsk War Crimes Trial - Unearthing Biological Warfare in WWII

June 15th, 2020


The west often dismissed the Khabarovsk War Crimes Trial as "Communist Propaganda." However, it was the first time the scientists from the "Epidemic Prevention and Water Purification Department" of the Imperial Japanese …

Episode 11: Jews in Shanghai during WW2

June 12th, 2020


In the spring of 1938, a month after the annexation of Austria to Germany, the Anschluss, Austrian Jews were deported to Dachau and Buchenwald Concentration Camps. At the time, there were about 185,000 Jews in Austria, …

Episode 10: Taiwanese Experience of WW2

June 8th, 2020


Taiwanese had faced the Second World War from many different angles, as Taiwan had been under Japanese occupation for around four decades when the Second Sino-Japanese War was starting up, which influenced the Taiwanese …

Episode 09: Moving KMT to Taiwan

June 5th, 2020


Taiwan was a valuable source for economic and agricultural production for the Japanese, and when it was turned over to the Chinese, it was used to …

Episode 08: Three Examples of Martial Law Imposed on US Soil

June 1st, 2020


With cases of coronavirus spreading in the United States, the idea of martial law is one of the measures considered to enforce social distance as a …

Episode 07: Triads in HK and the Making of Modern Chinese History

May 29th, 2020


Started on June 9th, 2019, protests in Hong Kong had sustained almost a year. Shockingly, what started as a protest against an extradition bill …

Episode 06: Konoe, Who Could've Prevented the Attack of Pearl Harbor

May 25th, 2020


During the summer of 1941, Prince Konoe, then Prime Minister of Japan, made several attempts through Ambassador Grew to improve relations with the United States. On August 18th, 1941, Foreign Minister Toyoda secretly …

Episode 05: Background of Unit 731

May 22nd, 2020


Unit 731 had eight divisions. Division 1: Bacteriological research. Division 2: Warfare Research and field experiments. Division 3: Water Filter …

Episode 04: Personnel of Unit 731

May 18th, 2020


Shiro Ishii came up with the idea of having Unit 731 built to keep up with the West since westerns were believed to be developing their own weapons …

Episode 03: Russian Victims of Unit 731

May 15th, 2020


In 1936, the Japanese built Unit 731 —the administrative center of the top-secret biological warfare project of the Imperial Japanese Army — in the …

Episode 02: Forced Pregnancy of Unit 731

May 11th, 2020


Unit 731 was a biological and chemical weapons research and development unit of the Japanese Army. It operated covertly for ten years since 1935 in …

Episode 01: Biological Warfare - The Deadlier Alternative to Nuclear Warfare

May 9th, 2020


What did Bill Gates warn us about bioweapon? What is biological warfare? And the testimony of past biological warfare in the Pacific Asia War.

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