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.

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Sober Second Thoughts with Shaughnessy Bishop-Stall

Reading and Q&A, in partnership with Word Vancouver While living at Historic Joy Kogawa House since July 2016 Toronto journalist and author Shaughnessy Bishop-Stall has articulate the social history of the effects of alcohol on our selves, our psyches, and our...

Gently to Nagasaki launches Thursday evening

You’re invited to the launch of Gently to Nagasaki, a new memoir by one of Canada’s most celebrated authors, Joy Kogawa. Please note the venue has changed! WHERE: CBC Studio 700, 700 Hamilton Street, Vancouver WHEN: Thursday, September 22 Doors...

It Isn’t Easy to Read When You’re Blind

Anyone interested in what it’s like to be blind or who experiences sight impairment themselves will want to attend a discussion of accessibility and literacy for the sight-impaired, to be presented at the Central Branch of the Vancouver Public Library this...

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.