From: "Art Perry" "><aperry@eciad.bc.ca>
To: "><mayorandcouncil@city.vancouver.bc.ca>
Cc: "><msteffler@trentu.ca>
Subject: Preservation of Joy Kogawa's home
Date: Tuesday, December 09, 2003 12:56 AM

Dear Mayor and Council,

Vancouver is now a city with a worldwide reputation within the arts. As such we should have pride in our artistic heritage and not destroy it as the rest of the world watches on.

The house on West 64th Avenue that was the setting within Joy Kogawa's important Vancouver novel 'Obasan' is now part of our cultural landscape. This book is a work of literature read and celebrated in many countries as a modern classic. For Vancouver's Mayor and Council to allow the present changes to the structure of this cultural landmark is an outrageous act of cultural vandalism of the most misunderstood order.

STOP THE RENOVATIONS ON JOY KOGAWA'S HISTORIC HOME IMMEDIATELY.

We are a city of historical and cultural depth. To destroy our own history and the monuments of that history is absolutely unforgivable. How can we ever call ourselves a world class city when the rest of the world's great cities have something to show for their greatness as we willfully bury our own brightest moments out of blatant unworldly ignorance?

Sincerely,

Art Perry
Associate Professor
Critical + Cultural Studies
Emily Carr Institute of Art + Design
Telephone: 604 844-3800 ext. 2855
Fax: 604 844-3801
E-mail: aperry@eciad.bc.ca