Release: Places That Matter Plaque Presentation at Historic Joy Kogawa House, June 26th

Kogawa House in Marpole. Image courtesy of The Land Conservancy.

Join the Vancouver Heritage Foundation in celebrating the Historic Joy Kogawa House!


Date: Tuesday, June 26th 2012
Time: 7pm-9pm, 7:30pm presentation
Location: 1450 W. 64th Avenue
Open invitation.

The VHF will be presenting a Places That Matter plaque this Tuesday, June 26th at 7:30pm at 1450 W. 64th Ave. The reception will take place from 7pm-9pm. Special Guest, Joy Kogawa will be in attendance.

Places That Matter is a plaque project celebrating the 125th anniversary of the incorporation of the city. The Vancouver Heritage Foundation asked for the public’s help to identify and mark 125 sites commemorating people, places and events that have shaped the city and that matter to Vancouverites.

The plaque text will read:

Joy Kogawa, author of the classic 1981 novel Obasan, spent her early years in this 1912 home. She and her family were evicted from the house in 1942 and sent into internment in the Kootenays, an experience shared by more than 22,000 Canadians of Japanese ancestry. A campaign by the Save the Joy Kogawa House Committee and The Land Conservancy of BC succeeded in establishing the house as a writers’ residence in 2006. Sponsored by the Historic Joy Kogawa House Society.


For more info visit or call Jessica Quan, Special Project Coordinator at 604-264-9642.