Special Event

Shanghai High School Campus

Lunghua Civilian Assembly Center Historical Site Tour and Talk

Speaker & Tour Leader : Betty Barr & Sven Serrano

During World War II, Shanghai’s Japanese occupation forces held citizens of countries allied against Japan in internment centers. Lunghua Civilian Assembly Center (C.A.C.), located on what is now the campus of Shanghai High School, was one such facility.

RAS members, internment camp survivor Betty Barr and Shanghai High School International Division (SHSID) history faculty member Sven A. Serrano, guide an exploration of six surviving internment camp buildings on the campus.

Ms. Barr’s mother Ruth Hill Barr kept a clandestine diary during the family’s years in Lunghua. Titled Ruth’s Record: The Diary of an American in Japanese Occupied Shanghai 1941-1945, Earnshaw Press recently published this piece of living history which includes Betty’s explanations/clarifications and memories.

 Our tour on a school day, coincides with Betty’s annual meeting with SHSID students. The tour ends in the SHSID auditorium where Betty speaks about her wartime experience in the Lunghua C.A.C. and answers questions from students and RAS tour participants.

Address and directions provided to those who RSVP.

RSVP: bookings@royalasiaticsociety.org.cn