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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Continuing the conversation …

Consultation and Protocol: Writing About Others We're all encouraged to "write about what we know" - and we're also encouraged, as writers, to stretch and engage our imaginations. So what happens when the desire hits us to write about a community that we are not...

Joy Kogawa honoured

The Nikkei Place Foundation has selected Joy Kogawa as the 2018 recipient of the Thomas Shoyama Lifetime Achievement Award, to be presented this Sunday, March 11, 2018, at their spring fundraiser, the Thomas Shoyama Sakura Gala. We congratulate Joy as a most deserving...

Up to $500 giveaway!

Vancouver Foundation Neighbourhood Small Grants are a great way to bring people together and get to know your neighbours. Each spring, Vancouver Foundation gives away up to $500 in funding to individual residents in neighbourhoods across the city to help them share...

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.