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

Japanese Poets North of the 49th

Kogawa House welcomes Takiya Kuwahara We are thrilled to announce Japanese poet Takiya Kuwahara (The Indifferent Poet) will be in Vancouver to collaborate and perform the first two weeks of October. As the host of Shuntaro Tanikawa’s slam poetry event Shundoku, and...

October Events

To Write Is to Resist panel discussion When: Monday, October 3, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. Venue: Canucks Family Education Centre (Britannia Community Centre) Cost: Free admission In their writing, Wanda John-Kehewis, Carmen Aguirre, and Rita Wong unmask and decry these forces...

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...

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.

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