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Who’s in the Club Today? – Akira (Episode 12)

Akira and Yong

Pui Soon has heard the story so often he can tell it as if he knew her, more than 50 years ago.

“Her name was Akira and, like the other Japanese, she did not come from a brothel but lived in a room above a shop in Belfield Street. She was younger than the usual girls in the Club without the normal exotic hairstyle. Her Kimono had seen better days. Nonetheless, she was very popular with the members as she was very kind to them all and cared for the Opium smokers when they suffered their terrible dreams.

She became very close to another girl: a Chinese, Yong, who was also a regular in the Club.

Sadly, late one night, on her way home she was attacked, robbed and left lying in the street. She died there, before dawn broke over the town.”

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Ian Anderson

A retired Royal Naval Commander and Permanent Resident of Malaysia, has lived in-country since 1989. A heritage enthusiast, born in 1939, he is the man behind ipohWorld, (http://www.ipohworld.org) Ipoh’s not-for-profit heritage company sponsored by Kinta Properties. A world-wide traveller who has visited more than 70 countries and who owned his own museum for more than 20 years, has a wealth of experience in heritage and history. An accomplished author and speaker, he edited, compiled and sponsored the popular book, ‘Ipoh, My Home Town’.

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