Red Dust Over Shanghai

From Nine To Noon, 10:09 am on 26 July 2016

It's a journey back in the time to the streets of Shanghai during the Japanese occupation of China.

Tyl von Randow

Tyl von Randow Photo: supplied

Retired Auckland architect, Tyl von Randow's memoir Red Dust Over Shanghai tells of his childhood, and day-to-day life during the occupation, and of the post-war period of American rule and the Red Army's eventual triumph.

His book covers 1937-1954.

Tyl von Randow's family moved to New Zealand when he was a teenager, but his time in China is vivid in his memory.

It's been an interesting life, professionally as an architect, and also as a film and theatre actor.

Von Randow talks to Kathryn Ryan about his diverse experiences, and in particular as a German boy growing up in Shanghai in the shadow of World War Two.

He talks to Kathryn Ryan.