chapter  10
16 Pages

Beyond Collaboration and Resistance: ‘Accommodation’ at the Weihsien Internment Camp, China, 1943–1945


In early 1943, a vast dragnet swept through the whole of Japanese-occupied China. In a roundup that stretched from towns along the Yangtze to Kalgan (present-day Zhangjiakou) in the north, Japanese agents swept through the cities, towns and villages of North China, rounding up Allied nationals and parading them past watching Chinese before sending them for internment at the former Courtyard of the Happy Way (樂道院), an American Presbyterian mission compound fi lled with brick bungalows and sheds on the outskirts of Weihsien (now known as Weifang).