Kayla Leung Isomura is a photojournalist based in Vancouver, B.C. on the traditional, ancestral, unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and səl̓ilwətaɁɬ təməxʷ (Tsleil-Waututh) nations. 
As a multigenerational settler of Chinese and Japanese descent, Kayla’s interest in storytelling has been largely influenced by their family’s story of displacement and intergenerational trauma. Through this lens, Kayla aims to explore narratives that centre historically resilient voices. They are drawn to stories that focus on intersections of race, gender, queerness and class.
A graduate of the journalism program at Langara College, Kayla has worked with Metro News Vancouver (now Star Vancouver) and the High River Times in Alberta. Subsequently, they have freelanced for The Tyee, Megaphone and Nikkei Voice, among others.
Most notably, Kayla produced The Suitcase Project in 2018. The Suitcase Project is a multimedia exhibition asking fourth and fifth-generation Japanese Canadians and Americans what they would pack thinking about the forced internment and incarceration many of their ancestors faced. The exhibition made its debut at the Nikkei National Museum and is touring.
Kayla is currently studying photojournalism at Loyalist College in Belleville, Ont.​​​​​​​
Exhibitions
2020
The Suitcase Project (solo)
Peace Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2019
Feasting for Change
Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre, Vancouver, B.C.
Journeying through Chinatowns
Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden, Vancouver, B.C.
The Suitcase Project
Cowichan Performing Arts Centre, Duncan, B.C.
2018
The Suitcase Project (solo)
Nikkei National Museum, Burnaby, B.C.
Awards
2018
Writing in the Margins, Briarpatch Magazine
First place: Photography category
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