They were born and raised in China. Today, decades later, they still think of China as their home. But their passports said they were citizens of countries many had never seen... the United States, Great Britain, the Netherlands, Australia. Literally overnight, on December 8, 1941 they became "enemy nationals" in Japanese-occupied China. Eventually they, their families and their friends were sent to brutal Japanese prison camps. There they waited, waited for deliverance. Yet when it arrived, it came not on angels wings but on those of American B-29 aircraft, carrying not bombs but food.
These are the real-life stories behind Steven Spielberg's epic film “Empire of the Sun,” as told by those who actually lived them.
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