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.
I don’t think too many authors get to say this: My first evening as writer-in-residence at the Historic Joy Kogawa House was spent handing out treats to Star Wars characters, angels and demons, princesses and overlords—and the odd caterpillar or two. The perfect match...