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East-Asia in the 1950s

Phil Roeder uploaded his fathers photos to Flickr, who served in the US Air Force in the 1950s. Photographs made in Okinawa, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan and the Philippines and show the region shortly after the war. Macao and Hong Kong are not yet part of China (UK and Portugal), Okinawa is ocuppied by Americans and Taiwan is freshly the only part remained Republic of China after loss of the mainland to the communists.

 

Macau:

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Macau. In 1953 it was a Portuguese colony and today it has a special status in China with Hong Kong. View from the old fort

 

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Chinese funeral

 

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Old Portuguese fort

 

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Macau junk

 

Hong-Kong:

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Kowloon 1953

 

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The floating city. There are thousands of people living on their boats

 

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Busy streets

 

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Entrance to the Walled City

 

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British and Chinese flags on streets, but the feeling is british

 

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Departure to Okinawa from Kai Tak Airport

 

Okinawa:

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Ishikawa

 

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Naha with modern American buildings

 

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Naha

 

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Naha, market

 

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Naha

 

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Naha, shopping street

 

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Kadena

 

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Okino

 

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Suckahachi. New houses built after WW2

 

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Okino

 

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Nakagusuku

 

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Taguchi, port

 

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Kume. Unloading on the market day

 

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Funny parade with “girls”

 

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Okinoerabu-island. The wreckage of Japanese warships in the crystal clear ocean

 

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Nago. New chairs for the new school

 

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Koza business street

 

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Entrance of the Nakagusuko castle

 

Philippines:

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Manila, the ruins of the cathedral

 

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Busy intersection with the inevitable Jeepney taxis

 

Taiwan:

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Taiwan, the Presidential Palace

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