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

Historic Joy Kogawa House goes bilingual!

From the beginning of April to the end of June, Historic Joy Kogawa House will offer creative writing workshops in both English and Spanish. “You don’t have to be a Spanish native speaker to attend. If you feel comfortable with your knowledge of the language, please...

Meet Three Outstanding Canadian Authors!

Read the book, meet the author, and engage in stimulating discussion. A series facilitated by Carmen Rodríguez writer-in-residence at Historic Joy Kogawa House 1450 West 64th Avenue, Vancouver   In preparation for this book-club/meet-the-author series, you will...

Upcoming Events at Historic Joy Kogawa House

Haiku Secrets: beyond the basics of writing haiku Saturday, February 25, 1–2:30pm with author Jacquie Pearce at Historic Joy Kogawa House 1450 West 64th Ave (2 blocks east of Granville Street) Haiku are small poems that can express a riveting moment of awe or insight...

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.