Empire of the Sun Author:J. G. Ballard From the author: "Empire of the Sun describes my experiences in Shanghai, China, during the Second World War, and in Lunghua C.A.C. (Civilian ssembly Centre), where I was interned from 1942 to 1945. For the most part this novel is an eyewitness account of events I observed during the Japanese occupation of Shanghai and within the camp at Lunghua... more ».
The Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor took place on Sunday morning, December 7, 1941, but as a result of time differences across the 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 Hungjao is now the site of Shaghai International Airport. ~J.G.Ballard« less