Within the Barbed Wire Fence

Takeo Nakano immigrated to Canada from Japan in 1920, later marrying and starting a family in his adopted homeland. Takeo’s passion was poetry, and he cultivated the exquisite form known as tanka.

Then came the Second World War. Takeo Nakano was one of thousands of Japanese men forcibly separated from his family in 1942 and interned in labour camps in the British Columbia interior. Takeo was one of those who protested the forced labour in the camps and the separation from his family. His punishment was to be sent even further away, to an isolated internment camp in northern Ontario.

This book, first published in 1982, is a rare first-person account of the experience of internment. This new edition includes a foreword by his daughter, Leatrice M. Willson Chan, with whom he collaborated in preparing his memoir.

Takeo Ujo Nakano

TAKEO UJO NAKANO was born in Japan and immigrated to Canada in 1920. He worked in the British Columbia lumber industry for twenty years before his internment during the Second World War. After the war, he settled with his family in Toronto, continuing his cultivation of tanka

Leatrice M. Willson Chan

LEATRICE M. WILSON CHAN is a program associate in restorative justice with the Mennonite Central Committee Ontario

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Discusses that the best way to guard human rights today is to arm ourselves with the knowledge of how easily they were taken in the past. Outlines racial injustice. Also discusses the history of … 12 $1.20

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Talks about life before Pearl Harbour in Woodfibre BC ; 5 $0.50

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January 1942, the evacuation of Japanese from Woodfibre ; 4 $0.40

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The trip from Vancouver to the work camp ; 7 $0.70

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Talks about life at Yellowhead Road Camp ; 6 $0.60

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He is moved to Descoigne Road Camp, talks about the country surrounding it ; 6 $0.60

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talks about life at Descoigne Road Camp ; 6 $0.60

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He is sent to work at slocan instead of joining his family at Greenwood and ensuing arguments with the Security Commission about broken promises ; 6 $0.60

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talks about being send to Jail after the association with the Security committee in Slocan ; 7 $0.70

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The trip from Vancouver to the internment camp in Angler Ontario ; 5 $0.50

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Outlines the first few weeks at Angler ; 8 $0.80

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discusses difficulties he faced in adjusting to Angler, included in it is receiving mail that had been heavily altered so information from home was scarce ; 6 $0.60

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Discusses the Haiku Club at Angler ; 7 $0.70

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Discusses winter in the camp including Christmas and the new year ; 6 $0.60

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Discusses one of the camp members who he had known well dying due to appendicistis ; 4 $0.40

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Discusses the change in his mind to come to terms with his imprisonment ; 5 $0.50

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Application to leave Angler ; 6 $0.60

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The quiet arrangements that had to be made in order to leave the camp ; 4 $0.40

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Life in Toronto after the camp and the reunion with his family ; 5 $0.50

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A historical analysis of the life of Takeo Nakano 18 $1.80