September 1, 2023

Writing Circle for Asian Canadian Writers

Join us for the first of co-facilitated gatherings for writers who identify as Asian to examine historical and contemporary forms of oppression--namely racism--experienced by Asian individuals and communities.

Located on unceded Musqueam Territory in South Vancouver, Joy Kogawa House was once the childhood home of acclaimed author Joy Kogawa ("Obasan"). Today, the property is a writing centre that offers a live-work space for visiting writers and that engages local writers in a community-engaged writing program. The heritage site stands as an ongoing symbol of the racial discrimination experienced by Japanese Canadians during the Second World War.

To launch this monthly series, we invite writers to share their perspectives and experiences in an evening of dialogue that will inform broader anti-racism legislation that the Government of British Columbia is now developing. Participants can share as little or as much information as they feel comfortable. Sharing is anonymous and voluntary. The legislation will hold government accountable for addressing systemic racism within its programs and services, and to provide support to those who have been negatively impacted.

Co-facilitated by Bakau Consulting and author and consultant Diana Ng.

Space is limited. Please apply now.

Email to request the application form.