Dr. Leon Comber's Chinese Temples
In September 1945, at the tail end of the Second World War, Dr Leon Comber was a Major in the Indian Army who landed at Morib Beach on the west coast of Malaya, after the Japanese surrender.
He served for several years as a Chinese-speaking officer of the Malayan Police Special Branch during the Malayan Emergency.
He was Managing Director for Southeast Asia for Heinemann Educational Books, the London publishers, and more recently the Publisher and Director of Hong Kong University Press.
He moved to Australia in 1991 and became joint managing editor of the Australian “Asian Studies Review”. He is now an Honorary Research Fellow at Monash Asia Institute, Monash University, Melbourne. He is the author of several books and papers about Chinese life in Malaya/Singapore.
Chinese Temples in Singapore
Interview with Leon Comber on his book "Chinese Temples in Singapore"
Which temples in Singapore Chinatown were recorded by Leon Comber?
The Malayan Emergency lasted from 1948 to 1960
During these tumultuous years, following so soon after the Japanese surrender at the end of the Second World War, the whole country was once more turned upside down and the lives of the people changed.
Through The Bamboo Window: