Joy Kogawa to receive the 2018 Thomas Shoyama Lifetime Achievement Award

On Sunday, March 11th, 2018, we will host our annual spring fundraiser, the Thomas Shoyama Sakura Gala, and recognize Inspiring People.

Nikkei Place Foundation is proud to recognize award-winning author Joy Kogawa as this year’s Thomas Shoyama Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, to be honoured at this year’s Thomas Shoyama Sakura Gala. 

Joy Kogawa is an accomplished poet, playwright, and author. She is celebrated for her work as a novelist and her influential contributions in the Canadian Japanese Redress Movement to obtain compensation and reparation from the Canadian government for the incarceration of Japanese Canadians during WWII.

As one of Canada’s most celebrated authors, Joy is best known for her 1981 award-winning novel Obasan, which chronicles the experience of the Japanese Canadian internment during WWII from the perspective of a thirty-six year old woman who recounts her experiences as a young child. Regarded as a seminal work of literature, it is utilized in classrooms across Canada and the USA because of its successful integration of political understanding with literary artistry.

Joy became a member of the Order of Canada in 1986 and a member of the Order of British Columbia in 2006. In 2010, she received the Order of the Rising Sun from the Japanese government for her contribution to the understanding and preservation of Japanese Canadian history. She has also received numerous honorary doctorates from Canadian universities – most recently from the University of Victoria in June 2017.


Event Details – for all event information: click here

Proceeds raised for this evening will benefit Nikkei Place Foundation and our Future Nikkei initiatives to strengthen, connect and invest in the future of the Nikkei community and the people we serve. With the generous support of sponsors and donors, we can plan for the future of our community, and help connect people, ideas, resources, and opportunities.

When: Sunday, March 11th, 2018   |   Registration & Reception: 5:00pm  •  Dinner: 6:00pm
Where: Tojo’s Restaurant, 1133 W Broadway, Vancouver, BC V6H 1G1
Tickets: $250/person – Contact 604.777.2122 or [email protected]

If you are interested in sponsorship or donating an auction item to our event, please feel free to contact us at [email protected] or 604.777.2122.


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