Welcome to Historic Joy Kogawa House

Historic Joy Kogawa House is the childhood home of Canadian author Joy Kogawa. Joy and her family lived in the house until 1942, when they were sent to an internment camp along with thousands of other Canadians of Japanese descent. Now used as a site for author residencies and literary events, the house stands as a historical reminder of the internment experience of Japanese Canadians during the Second World War, and by extension, to the experiences of diverse cultural and ethnic groups within Canadian society.

Latest news

Welcome to writer-in-residence Christine Lowther

Poet and non-fiction author Christine Lowther has left her float home near the small coastal community of Tofino to live comfortably at Historic Joy Kogawa House for the winter. While in residence from now till January 30, 2017, Lowther is developing a new work of...

Court Approves Sale of Kogawa House

Vancouver, BC – The Land Conservancy of B.C. (TLC) on Friday, October 28, received Supreme Court of B.C. approval to transfer the Historic Joy Kogawa House to the City of Vancouver. Located in Vancouver’s Marpole neighbourhood, the house is the childhood home of...

Reminder for This Saturday!

Please join us on Saturday, October 29, at our annual general meeting to hear what’s new, meet our members, mingle with friends, and help us make Historic Joy Kogawa House a heritage and cultural space that we can be proud of, and have access to, for generations to...

About the House

Historic Joy Kogawa House is the childhood home of acclaimed Canadian author Joy Kogawa.


Historic Joy Kogawa House offers writers a unique place to live and work. Find out more and submit and application here.

Make a Donation

Historic Joy Kogawa House is not-for-profit and donations are vital to maintaining our programs and the house itself.

About Joy Kogawa

Joy Kogawa is best known as the author of Obasan. She has also worked to educate the public about the internment of Japanese Canadians during the Second World War.


Come and visit a site of national significance. We run tours of Historic Joy Kogawa House year-round for school groups and the general public.

Become a Member

Show your support by becoming a member of the Historic Joy Kogawa House Society.

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