Received by the Homestead Committee

November 26, 2003              

Please accept this letter from the National Nikkei Museum and  Heritage Centre, a national Japanese Canadian museum and cultural  organization, supporting Joy Kogawa and the work of the Joy Kogawa Homestead Committee to save the home of the renowned author.              

To the Japanese Canadian community and to Canada, Joy's stories have captured an important aspect of Canadian history. Her contribution has  enriched Canadian literature, and she has told a story of many of our   people with dignity and grace.

Most importantly, through her, Canadians        have gained a better understanding of the need for harmony, understanding and cultural exchange.

It is the opinion of our organization that saving  her home will be a legacy for all Canadians, today and for the  future.              

Thank you very much for accepting our letter and we ask that you join with others in saving Joy Kogawa's home.

Yours sincerely,              

Fred Yada      
National Nikkei Museum  and Heritage Centre    6688 Southoaks Crescent    
Burnaby, B.C. V5E 4M7 
The Committee wishes to thank the National Nikkei Museum and Heritage Centre and concerned staff members for responding to our urgent need to store artifacts from the Kogawa home.