Carmen Rodriguez, Writer-in-Residence at Historic Joy Kogawa House April – June 2017.

Current Writers-in-Residence:
Victor Yipp

Victor Yipp is an emerging writer who completed a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing in 2007 after many years working as a computer programmer, systems analyst, data centre manager, and consultant. During his programming career, he wrote computer programs to simulate the flight of guided missiles, including the Apollo flights. In between IT positions, he took a break to go to law school. After graduation and passing the bar, he worked in civil rights law for a few years and served as an Illinois assistant attorney general. Now he combines these interests writing young adult novels that explore social justice issues, including historic and contemporary anti-Asian racism.

Victor Yipp will write in residence at Historic Joy Kogawa House in January 2023 and, as a community contribution during the period, will present one public program to engage local writers, artists, and public audiences, as follows:

  1. An educational seminar on bystander awareness and intervention when witnessing bullying or harassment. Personal stories and audience participation will be encouraged. This is a story-sharing event, so please bring along stories about how you may have intervened when confronted with harassment events in public while minimizing risk to oneself. To be held in-person on Sunday, January 22, 1 to 2:30pm.

Respond in Empowering Ways
Preventing bullying or harassment

When: Sunday, January 22, 1 to 2:30pm
Where: Historic Joy Kogawa House, 1450 West 64th Avenue, Vancouver
Cost: By donation at the door

To register, email info@kogawahouse.com.

An educational seminar on bystander awareness and intervention when witnessing bullying or harassment. Personal stories and audience participation will be encouraged.

We’ll talk through five strategies for intervention developed by the Right to Be organization – Distract, Delegate, Document, Delay, and Direct – and share personal stories about ways you helped others and protected your own safety while intervening.

This is a story-sharing event, so please bring along stories about how you may have intervened when confronted with harassment events in public while minimizing risk to yourself.

Or, alternatively, bring along stories about when you were the subject of harassment and how intervention may have improved the outcome.

We’ll give away one copy of I’ve Got Your Back: The Indispensable Guide to Stopping Harassment When You See It by Jorge Arteaga and Emily May of Right to Be (righttobe.org), formerly Hollaback. Additional copies will be available for sale at the event.

Details on Eventbrite.