Join us to explore historical artworks depicting mixed-race peoples and unravel the messages they convey

Sunday, January 21 · 3 4:30pm PST
Historic Joy Kogawa House
1450 West 64th Avenue Vancouver

How has the depiction of marginalized peoples in imagery influenced our understanding of who they are when we develop characters and dialogue in our stories? Why are so few mixed-race people featured in art history given their long presence in global populations? How were they typically portrayed and has this changed?

The author will speak to the 1665 portrait titled “The Batavian Senior Merchant Pieter Cnoll and His Family,” by Jacob Jansz Coeman, which features the wealthy merchant with his Japanese Caucasian wife, Cornelia van Nijenroode, and their mixed-race children.

Shawne Yukimi MacIntyre


Shawne Yukimi MacIntyre, a writer of fiction, non-fiction, and children’s literature, is a graduate of The Writers’ Studio (Simon Fraser University) and holds a Master of Museum Studies (University of Toronto). Her work has been published in WordWorks, Emerge 21, Ricepaper, Montecristo, and various blogs.

A recipient of a 2023 Mentorship with Annick Press and a Mentee in The Writer’s Union of Canada’s 2023 BIPOC Writers Connect Program, Shawne is currently completing the final draft of her upper middle-grade novel, Kiko and The Dream Eater, while residing at Joy Kogawa House.

The novel, a 2023 CANSCAIP Writing for Children’s Competition finalist, focuses on a Japanese Caucasian teen in 1988 Ontario, exploring their identity journey amid the Japanese Canadian Redress Settlement. The project aims to fill a gap in Canadian and children’s literature, offering representation for mixed-race protagonists and highlighting the under-represented history of Japanese Canadians during the Second World War. This work not only enriches literature but also contributes to a deeper understanding of our collective history.