My grandmother was of British ancestry, but she grew up in Shanghai, China during World War II. Her sisters kept this detailed diary for about five years of their time there.
In 1943, my grandmother and her family were sent to a Japanese Prisoner-of-War camp in Shanghai called Ash Camp. They were forced to live there for several years. The girls brought the diary in with them, and it was one of the few things that remained intact after. They brought it with them several decades later, when moving to the United States.
– Charlotte Johnston