“I firmly believe that this house is of historical and literary significance. The built environment of the past is particularly fragile in Vancouver these days given the tremendous population and development pressures that exist. However, this is an occasion when delicate human memory requires the solid, three-dimensional frame of a house to endure and to flourish.”

― Paul Yee, Historian and Author

Donations and Membership

Help Historic Joy Kogawa House make its mark – as a literary landmark and a symbol of hope, healing, and reconciliation for all Canadians.

Donate to the Historic Joy Kogawa House

Donations from the community remain vital. Donations are used to fund:

  • public events at the house that grow the appreciation of literature
  • house tours to build public understanding of the internment of Japanese Canadians during the Second World War and its ongoing relevance
  • author residencies, which further the practice of outstanding Canadian writers and connect them with the local community
  • the upkeep and preservation of this unique facility of historic and cultural significance.
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The destruction of the Kogawa home would be a great loss of cultural heritage for Vancouver, for British Columbia, and for Canada.

Margaret Atwood

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Membership at the Historic Joy Kogawa House

Membership is another way to show your support of our programs. Your Historic Joy Kogawa House Society membership connects you with community, writers and the house.

Receive member discounts, invitations to exclusive member events and a quarterly newsletter.

We have three levels of membership:

  • Annual membership: $25
  • Supporting membership: $100 (you will receive a tax receipt for $75)
  • Student Membership: $15 (a photocopy of a valid ID from an accredited institution is required).

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This is a story that needs living symbols so people remember [the internment of Japanese Canadians] happened in Canada. We need to show the world that we are not afraid to hide from our history, and we can work towards reconciliation among our own citizens.

Joy Kogawa

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Discover More About the Historic Joy Kogawa House

Read about our Current Writer-in-Residence or take a look at our Past Writers.

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