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Joel Assogba      

For a World Free of Bullying, Racism & Discrimination of All Sorts

Joel Assogba is an African-Canadian "Japanese" with the spirit and soul of a world citizen. For about two decades, he ran a language school Queens in Japan, where he taught English and French, Public Speaking, Multiculturalism and Canadian Diversity. He is a writer-illustrator and a passionate public speaker. He has published many trilingual books (Japanese / English / French) and articles in Japans main newspapers (Yomiuri, Asahi and Mainichi.) He is a regular contributor to The Japan Times ST. Author of five popular illustrated books; "The Rainbows Kids," "Wind of Freedom," "What Color are Burdocks," "Im not a Foreigner," and "Respect for Life." He has also published a bilingual book titled "Peace"(96 pages) to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the A-bomb dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. He has designed and published two colorful posters to promote multiculturalism and prevent Ijime (bullying) in Japan. He traveled all over Japan (to more than 100 cities) to give lectures in Fluent Japanese (more than 500 times in 11 years) on parenting, education of the heart, universal values, crime prevention, human rights, antiracism, nonviolence and peace... He held a special literary event for students, francophones and other invited guests in the Manulife VIP Lounge (Canada Pavillion at EXPO 2005 world exposition in Aichi, Japan). He also held a special literary event in English, French and Japanese for students and other invited guests at the Canadian embassy in Tokyo (2006). He was a Professor of Management at "La Cite collegiale" in Ottawa, worked for the Government of Canada in Prince Edward Island, and now working for the Government of Canada in Alberta.


Edmonton newcomer wants to turn the page in new community

Published in the Metro Newspaper - February 4, 2014:

Joel Assogba knows the best way to change the world, is to start with children. As an author of trilingual children’s books, Assogba is looking to encourage diversity in the classroom and student’s understanding of different cultures at Edmonton schools. “I want to do my small part of it,” said Assogba.

Edmonton children's author says time to educate kids to fight racism

Published in Metro Newspaper - February 6, 2017:

Children are on the front lines in the fight against racism. At least, that’s the way Joel Assogba sees it.  The children’s author living in Edmonton, who's just penned a book that combats racism, has a broad perspective on racial discrimination. 

'I hope that we can overcome': Edmonton children's author targets racism

Published on CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation) Website - February 14, 2017:

'I started publishing books to combat racism when my children were born' Certain that his children would face discrimination, Joel Assogba felt compelled to write his first book at the birth of his first daughter.

"When my eldest daughter was born, I was in the room and I felt that I needed to do something so she could feel secure in the world," Assogba said in an interview with CBC Edmonton's Radio Active. 

"I started publishing books to combat racism when my children were born in Japan, in a society where they marginalize people of colour, people that are different."

The Edmonton children's author has published a series of books intended to educate the next generation on intolerance and the importance of inclusion.

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