CHARLES BAVIER. “A War of Words” by Hamish McDonald.

The life of Charles Bavier. Charles born of a Swiss father and a white mother a mother he knew nothing about. The father grew a prosperous trading business in Japan. 

Japan was opening up to the West; by force mind you. The West used gun boat diplomacy to force Asia to trade with the West. Groups of European white colonists inhabited Japanese foreign concession areas. These foreigners prospered. Charles father’s business prospered. But the Father wanted none of Charles. Charles was raised by his fathers Japanese mistress. The father left Japan and returned to Switzerland. He was rich and bought a chateau. Charles had a bit of overseer help from the managers of his fathers Japanese business. The father had by this time married. Charles was a result of a union of misguided passion, Charles was not wanted. The new wife of the Father had children and this family kept away from Charles. Charles was raised by a Japanese woman. Charles became Japanese in a white skin. Money did come from Charles father but this stopped when he came of age. Japan was acting all war like. Japan invaded parts of China. Charles was of age and thought it best to get out of Japan. Friends in the military warned him to get out because the military thought he was western spy (this warning came this time or later; it might have come just before the second world war, I can not remember). Charles went to Australia. He joined the Australian army and fought at Gallipoli. He returned to Australia but now the Australians thought he was a Japanese spy. Charles returned to Japan then to China. Charles went to Hong kong. War was imminent with the West. Charles offered to help the Allies. His offer was accepted and he was posted to Singapore. War was near. Charles was evacuated to Australia. Charles worked in propaganda and radio. Work was a type of military intelligence. Charles was on wireless radio speaking in Japanese to the Japanese. Charles did have a Japanese wife who he brought to Singapore and then to Australia. Charles had two sons. One son stayed in Singapore and when the Japanese arrived he was forced to work for the Japanese military police. The other son went to Australia and helped the Allies. After the war Charles went back to Japan to live. Charles was more Japanese than Western. Charles was Japanese in a white skin. 
A very good read. Charles’ character is interesting. Charles comes across as a deep thinker. I like deep thinking. Charles rose above his misfortune of being abandoned by his father. The Japanese woman who raised him up did a good job.
Yours Sincerely; Lester John Murray.


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