This February 24 marks the 77th anniversary of Order-in-Council P.C. 1486, issued by Prime Minister Mackenzie King in 1942 to officially begin Japanese Canadian internment. All Japanese Canadians within 100 miles of the British Columbia coast – designated as a “protected area” – were forced to relocate east to the BC interior and other provinces, sometimes with only 24 hours to do so. In early March 1942, the British Columbia Security Commission was established to carry out the forced removal of Japanese Canadians. Vancouver’s Hastings Park was established as a temporary detainment center – detainees were housed in the Livestock Building – through which Japanese Canadians were routed before being moved to internment camps.

Tashme internment camp was located 14 miles southeast of Hope, BC. The 1200-acre site was originally named Fourteen Mile Ranch; the name “Tashme” was created from the names of three officers of the BC Security Commission. By May 1942, people were beginning to arrive at Tashme to begin housing construction:

Tashme Camp under construction, 1942

Construction at Tashme camp


In September 1942, families from Hastings Park began to arrive at Tashme, and the camp officially opened.

Japanese Canadians arriving at Tashme Camp


The forced removal was completed by the end of October 1942, and Hastings Park was closed. Construction at Tashme continued, including housing, bath houses, and a hospital. Farm buildings from the ranch were also renovated and repurposed. By January 1943, the camp had reached its peak population of over 2,600 residents. It was the largest BC internment camp.

Tashme Camp in winter

The hospital in winter [Tashme Camp], 1946


Over the next few years, Tashme functioned as a self-sufficient community. Photos in the Japanese Canadian Photograph Collection provide a glimpse of everyday life at Tashme:

View of Tashme camp

Group photograph of men at Tashme camp

Tashme Secondary School teachers, October 13 1943

Family picnics at Tashme Camp

Japanese boy with pet at Tashme Camp


The UBC Archives Photograph Collection also contains several photos of Tashme from the Margaret Sage fonds. Margaret Sage served as a social worker at Tashme from September 1945 to August 1946 and created a scrapbook of 97 photographs from that time.


Group photograph including Margaret Sage, [1946]


In 1945, the Canadian government gave Japanese Canadians the choice to either move east of the Rocky Mountains within Canada, or move to Japan – where many Japanese Canadians had never lived. Many Tashme residents chose “repatriation” to Japan. During this time, Japanese Canadians from other camps who opted for repatriation were also moved to Tashme. Margaret Sage’s scrapbook documents life in Tashme from 1945-1946, including photos of the repatriation process:

Loading the busses [Tashme camp], May 31 1946

Repatriation – Good bye – See you in Japan [Tashme Camp] , May 31 1946

[Japanese Canadians from Tashme Camp boarding train at Hope?], January 1 1946


If you’re interested in learning more about Tashme and Japanese internment, the Tashme Historical Project is an excellent resource. In addition, you can check out our previous blog posts featuring photos from the Japanese Canadian Photograph collection here. 




BR1329 Y589 2018
한국 교회 의 사회학 / 이 원규 지음

D810 C698 K889 2018
이 용수 : 아이 캔 스피크 의 주인공 / 권 주리애 지음

DS923.23 C463 2018
문화력 으로서 한류 이야기 / 최 창현, 임 선희

N8010 I68 2017
광야 와 도시 : 건축가 가 본 기독교 미술 / 임 석재

PL907 O315 2018
외국인 학습자들 의 한국어 담화, 화용 연구. 1, 문법 의 경계 넓히기 / 이 해영 [and six others]

PL991.55 H93 A6 2018
나 혜석, 글 쓰는 여자 의 탄생 : 한국 의 페미니즘 고전 읽기 / 나 혜석 지음 ; 장 영은 엮음

PL992.3 K57 2018
불 과 재 : 현 길언 4.3 소설집 / 지은이 현 길언

PL992.415 S595 K855 2018
國手 事典 : 아름다운 조선 말 / 金 成東 지음

PL994.62 H96 N36 2018
낭만주의 : 박 형서 소설

PN1993.5 K6 N28 2018
조선 영화 의 길 : 나 의 삶 나 의 영화 / 나 운규


BL2211 G6 M39 2018
古代の鉄と神々 / 真弓常忠

D767 F848 2018
餓死した英霊たち / 藤原彰

DS881.3 Y66 2018
江戶東京の明治維新 / 横山百合子

DS889.16 H36 2018
戦後日本の「独立」 / 半藤一利, 竹内修司, 保阪正康, 松本健一

HG1273 T326 2018
撰銭とビタ一文の戦国史 / 高木久史

NE1325 I5 A4 2018
井上安治版画集 : 「明治の東京風景」/  井上安治

PL726.2 F862 2018
新・新猿楽記 : 古代都市平安京の都市表象史 / 深沢徹

PL811 O7 Z78425 2018
森鷗外の歴史地図 / 村上祐紀

PL825 A8 Z658 2018
太宰よ! 45人の追悼文集 : さよならの言葉にかえて / 河出書房新社編集部編

PN5410 A4 A43 2018
赤い鳥事典 / 赤い鳥事典編集委員会編


B127 C65 L583 2018
天边有一块乌云 : 儒学与存在主义 / 刘东

CT788 B7742 E844 2018
伦敦一家人 / (英)雷蒙德・布里格斯著 ; 张亦琦译

DS525.9 C5 L5 2018
抗衡或扈從 : 東南亞國家對中國戰略的回應 / 林詩凱, 廖坤榮

DS779.46 L56 2018
習近平 : 以黨史為鑑 / 劉宏偉

HE894 C4366 2017
海上丝路与文化交流 / 常任侠

PL2306 X536 2018
诗与它的山河 : 中古山水美感的生长 / 萧驰

PL2942.5 N2965 Q56 2018
轻寒 / 金宇澄

PL2976 J53 Y86 2018 (Great Reads)
云边有个小卖部  / 张嘉佳

PN1998.3 S465 A5 2017
石挥谈艺录 : 把生命交给舞台 / 石挥著 ; 李镇主编

Z473 G734 2018
我的一生略小于美国现代史 : 凯瑟琳・格雷厄姆自传 / (美)凯瑟琳・格雷厄姆著 ; 萧达译


With Valentine’s Day coming up this week, we’ve gathered together Valentine’s Day content from our collections.

From the Chung Collection, check out these “Saint Valentine Dinner” menus and concert programs from 1927-1930. Click any cover below to view the full menu in Open Collections:

Menu from the Saint Valentine dinner on the Empress of France from 1928

Menu from the Valentine dinner on the Empress of Scotland’s 1926-1927 world cruise

St. Valentine dinner menu from the Empress of Australia’s 1929-1930 world cruise, from Feb. 13, 1930


Not sure what to say to your valentine on Thursday? Although we’ve featured this item before, these “specially prepared” Valentine’s Day telegram messages are still gems:


Of course, a personalized message is more heartfelt. Check out these valentine cards from the Tremaine Arkley Croquet Collection:

[Valentine depicting a girl playing croquet], 1898.

Valentine, [191-].


We’ve previously established on the blog that Victorian-era croquet was super flirty. This cartoon proposes a creative response:

New and ingenious idea for croquet, 1867.

Winter weather conditions

UBC Library Point Grey campus branches will be closed on Tuesday, February 12, 2019, due to winter weather conditions.

The Irving K. Barber Learning Centre building will remain open, however, service points will be closed.

Please refer to for additional updates.

UBC Library Point Grey campus branches will be closed on Tuesday, February 12, 2019 due to winter weather conditions.

The Irving K. Barber Learning Centre building will remain open, however service points will be closed.

Please refer to for additional updates.

Project title: Steffens-Colmer Studios and Don Coltman Company Photographs Digitization Project

Institution: City of Vancouver Archives

Description: 5,327 photographic negatives from the Don Coltman series of the Steffens-Colmer fonds were digitized. Don Coltman was a commercial photographer working in Canada and his photographs are a unique record of Vancouver and the Lower Mainland in the 1940s and 1950s. To read more about Don Coltman and this collection please visit the City of Vancouver’s blog:

Collection URL:

Title: King Agencies – heads

Reference code: AM1545-S3-: CVA 586-8941

David Lam Library and the Canaccord Learning Commons (CLC) will be closed from Friday, February 22, 2019 at 4 p.m. to Monday, Feb. 25, 2019 at 10 a.m. for upgrades to the front area carpets.

The Library and Learning Commons are expected to reopen at 10 a.m. on Monday, February 25, 2019.

Please refer to the Library Hours and Locations to make alternative plans.

For those of you in rural or northern communities, or wherever you are for that matter, please note this ongoing series of podcasts. *

Many of these could be the starting point for community conversations held at or facilitated by local libraries.

Here are summaries of three recent episodes:

  1. Rural Media:

“Media industry is in trouble. For a long time now it has been shedding jobs and converging into ever larger corporate entities where profits outweigh any residual sense of responsibility to small communities for whom a local paper is often a necessity. Are there solutions? In this episode we will bring you interviews with journalists working a community owned paper . . .” **

  1. Islands and their universities:

“Islands are often perceived as being at a disadvantage compared to their mainland counterparts. And sure, there are some tough issues that are at least somewhat unique to islands. However, there is also plenty of evidence of the potential for unique successes, partially because island geographies necessitate doing things a little differently. Universities located on islands tend to have a different relationship with their communities, often working together to find new, appropriate ways of approaching those old island challenges. . .” **

  1. Community First Tourism Development

“Developing rural tourism is a complicated process fraught with pitfalls, but, when done right, it provides economic and social benefits to rural communities. In this episode we talk to researchers and practitioners about tourism development in Newfoundland and Labrador, Scotland, Denmark, Alberta, and BC. . .”**

*Rural Routes is a Leslie Harris Centre of Regional Policy and Development and Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation initiative.

This show is supported through a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Connection grant.

** Source: Rural Routes Podcasts © 2016

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