Kathryn Hatashita-Lee was born in Toronto and raised in Vancouver. She studied for a B.A. in History at the University of British Columbia, where she worked for several years before marrying Roger Lee. A SEAD grant from The National Association of Japanese Canadians helped finance her second year at the Emily Carr College of Art & Design. After graduating wth a B.F.A., she pursued her interest in stock photography. Kathryn is an exclusive contributor with iStock by Getty Images.
In 1999, the Asian Canadian Writers’ Workshop selected Kathryn’s story, “Remember, Chrysanthemum,” as the winning entry for the Emerging Writer, Children’s Fiction category. This story centres on a Canadian girl of mixed English and Japanese descent, who listens to her Grandma Tanaka’s account of the Japanese Canadian evacuation. “Remember, Chrysanthemum” was published in Winds Through Time: An Anthology of Canadian Historical Young Adult Fiction (Beach Holme Publishing) and reprinted in Crossroads 7 (Gage Educational Publishing).