Empire of the Sun Author:J. G. Ballard Empire of the sun describes my (the author's) experiences in Shanghai, China, during the second World War, and in Lunghua C. A. C. (Civilian Assembly Centre), where I (the author) was interned from 1942 to 1945. For the most part thisis an eyewitness account of events I observed during the Japanese Occupation of Shanghai and within the camp at ... more »Lunghua.
The Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor took place on Sunday morning, December 7, 1941, but as a result of time differences across teh Pacific Date Line it was then already the morning of Monday, December 8, in Shanghai. During the war, as I have recounted, the great pagoda at Lunghua was equipped with antiaircraft guns and served as a flak tower. The military airfield at Hunjao is now the site of Shanghai International Airport.