Kagan Goh is an award-winning documentary film-maker, writer, poet, journalist and mental-health activist. Born in Singapore, Kagan studied film in Toronto at Ryerson Polytechnical University. He currently lives in Vancouver.
Kagan’s poetry has been published in Alive at the Centre, Strike the Wok: An Anthology of Contemporary Chinese Canadian Fiction and Henry Chow and Other Stories. He is a recognized spoken word poet and has participated in poetry readings at the Asian Heritage Month, Word on the Street and as a featured poet on CBC Radio’s “Poetry Face Off.” He can be heard frequently on Co-Op Radio and CBC.
Kagan’s poems speak to mental health, an issue which he strives to educate others about. As an actor, Kagan was part of the “Now Who’s talking Recovery Theatre” troupe which wrote and produced humorous plays on the otherwise serious subject of fighting stigma and discrimination against people with mental illness.
Kagan’s book Who Let in the Sky?, published in Singapore, is a memoir on the relationship between a son and his father, Kagan’s own father, Goh Poh Seng who in the last 15 years of his life battled Parkinsons disease with an undiminished love of life. A poet, writer and dramatist in his own right, Goh Poh Seng remains one of Kagan’s major artistic influences.
As a film-maker, Kagan’s made the award-winning documentary film on the phone sex industry, Mind Fuck. Kagan also wrote, directed and co-produced the documentaries Stolen Memories and Breaking the Silence both which look at the impact and legacy of the internment of Japanese-Canadians. Breaking the Silence premiered at the Roundhouse Community Centre on March 25, 2012 and both documentaries were screened as part of the Asian-Heritage Month in 2012 at the University of British Columbia. Kagan also has his own film-making company, Monkeyking Motion Pictures.
Link to Stolen Memories film website: stolenmemoriesmovie.com
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