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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What Does Our Future Hold?

Community Conversation Open House Saturday, February 23, 2019 Drop in from 3:30–5:30PM 1450 West 64th Avenue, Vancouver BC ABOUT: The Historic Joy Kogawa House Society is hosting a community Open House to engage with friends and neighbours to: Gather ideas for future...

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Poetry Blanked MadLib

No matter how quiet, every good poem has a gregarious underside where it kvetches, confers, and canoodles with a great many other poems. Lifting any solid piece of poetry, we’ll hear other poems and it behooves us as writers who hope to have an audience beyond our...

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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.