Photographs showing the remains of the Lunghua Civilian Assembly Centre, where J G Ballard was interned as a child

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These colour photographs show the remains of Lunghua Civilian Assembly Centre. Under Japan’s occupation of Shanghai in World War Two, Lunghua Civilian Assembly Centre was established as an internment camp for European and American citizens who lived in the city. J G Ballard, who was born in Shanghai in 1930, was interned at the camp with his family from 1943 until 1945. His experiences fed into his acclaimed semi-autobiographical novel, Empire of the Sun (1984).

The photographs were taken when Ballard returned to Shanghai for the first time in 1991, which was filmed by the BBC and aired as the programme 'Shanghai Jim'.

Full title:
The Papers of James Graham Ballard: Return to Shanghai
Created:
1991
Format:
Photograph / Image
Creator:
J G Ballard
Usage terms

© J. G. Ballard. Reproduced by permission of the J. G. Ballard Estate. All rights reserved. You may not use this work for commercial purposes and the copyright holder must be credited.

Held by
British Library
Shelfmark:
Add MS 88938/1/12/7

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