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May 24, 2022

Acclaimed author Joy Kogawa visits Google to discuss her lifelong career as a writer, her experience as a child growing up in a Japanese internment camp during WW2, and her thoughts about how we can prevent similar human rights abuses in the future.

Joy Kogawa is an author of novels, children's books, a memoir, and books of poetry. She is best known for her 1981 classic novel "Obasan", based on her family’s forced relocation from Vancouver during the Second World War when she was six years old. Kogawa has worked throughout her life to educate Canadians about the history of Japanese-Canadians, and has fought for official redress from the Canadian government for the unlawful internment of Japanese-Canadians.

Moderated by Michelle Pham.

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