Ocho, Ocho
My Childhood in War-Torn Asia

by Anna Bucher Jones

foreword by Flor Medina

published by Anna Bucher Jones

produced by Sweetgrass Books

  • Told in a series of letters to her eight grandchildren, Ocho, Ocho recounts Anna’s tumultuous childhood growing up in China and the Philippines during World War II. Born in 1934 on the Chinese island of Hainan to Presbyterian missionaries, Anna describes life under Japanese occupation as she remembers it.

    In 1937, fighting between the Chinese and Japanese resumed, forcing Anna’s parents to move their family to Nodoa in order to escape the constant air raids by the Japanese Air Force. The raids killed more than 260,000 civilians. With the fighting moving ever closer to their family, Anna’s parents relocated their family again, to Beijing, and then again to Manila in the Philippines.

    By 1942, the Japanese took control of Manila with little resistance, and her family was forced to live under Japanese control. As a child and unaware of the true goings-on, Anna describes life as “pretty good,” until her family was relocated to the Los Baños internment camp. On February 23, 1945, U.S. forces, assisted by Filipino guerillas, launched a successful raid on the Los Baños camp that is still being studied and taught among military strategists.

    After their rescue and return to the United States, Anna’s father brought the family back to China. When life under the Communist regime became unbearable, they moved once more to the U.S., where she graduated high-school and college. She then moved to Dillon, Montana where she raised three children.

104 pages, 6 x 9, 5 b/w photos, 1 map(s), 84 softcovers per case

ISBN 10: 1-59152-095-9
ISBN 13: 978-1-59152-095-5

February 2012





Ocho, Ocho
My Childhood in War-Torn Asia

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Anna Bucher Jones align= Born on remote Hainan Island, South China, Anna Louise Bucher lived mostly in different parts of Asia until she was fourteen years old. Due to the conquest of the Philippine Islands by Japan, her family was detained there throughout World War II. In 1949 the communist takeover of China made it necessary for the family to leave that country and relocate in the United States. Anna and her husband, John Jones, reside in Helena, Montana. They share six children between them and eight grandchildren. Anna has published some short poems and articles in several magazines including New World Outlook, alive now!, and the Christian Home, all publications of the United Methodist Church.

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