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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Foster Care and Aging Out of Care

Foster Care Readings A Literary Presentation on Fostering, Foster Care, and Aging Out of Care with Nicola Harwood David Ferguson Beth Wilks Christine Lowther 7pm on Monday, January 16 at Historic Joy Kogawa House 1450 West 64th Avenue, Vancouver   Nicola will...

Love Letters for Winter Solstice

Poets and authors Daphne Marlatt, George Bowering, Christine Lowther, RC Weslowski, Jane Eaton Hamilton, Heather Haley, and Renee Saklikar read love letters and epistolary poems published in Where the Nights Are Twice As Long on the longest night of the year. For avid...

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...

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

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