September 15, 2022

"China: Perspectives from Two Correspondents" at Word Vancouver, September 25

Presented by Word Vancouver and the Asian Canadian Writers’ Workshop (ACWW), join us as President Todd Wong moderates this conversation with journalists Joanna Chiu, (China Unbound: A New World Disorder, House of Anansi Press) and Ian Young, BC bureau chief for Canadian Press.

Beijing is part of a growing new world disorder on the world stage, along with Putin's Russia. How will this impact Canada and Vancouver, through "wolf warrior" diplomacy, intimidation campaigns, cyber security vulnerabilities, and ownership of Canadian tech and natural resource companies? Please join Toronto Star journalist/author Joanna Chiu to address these issues from her new book China Unbound. Joining the discussion is Ian Young, new BC Bureau Chief for Canadian Press. Both Chiu and Young have covered China for more than a decade (Young as a correspondent for South China Morning Post) and both also covered the Meng Wanghou extradition hearings and the Two Michaels’ arrest and detention.
Sunday, September 25, 2022, 5:30 PM 6:30 PM at SFU's Harbour Centre, Segal Centre Room C

August 29, 2022

OCT 02 Strathcona Poems at the Garden


About this event

Hosted by Vancouver's Sixth Poet Laureate, Fiona Tinwei Lam, eight talented youth, emerging and established poets will read their award-winning poems about the historic Strathcona neighbourhood. Expect to hear a few poems set in the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Garden!

Entrance will be located on Carrall St and access to this event is free.

Adrian Yue (he/him) is a second-generation poet, painter, and creative who was born and raised in Vancouver. His work details themes of loss, connection, and time. Through writing, he is able to transform his thoughts into tangible pieces of prose or poetry. When not writing, he enjoys gardening and music.

Angela May is a mixed Japanese Canadian writer, artist, and activist based in Vancouver, BC. She is also a PhD Student in the Department of English and Cultural Studies at McMaster University. Her creative and community writing has been published in emerge20, The Bulletin/Geppo, Nikkei Images, The Volcano, and other forums.

Crystal Peng lives in Vancouver, BC. She edits for the Flat Ink and reads EX/POST. When not writing, she spends her time propagating succulents, listening to the Goldberg Variations, or in a wikipedia rabbithole about oysters.

Donna Seto is a writer, academic, and artist from Vancouver, BC. Her work has been published in The New Quarterly, Ricepaper Magazine, and academic journals. Donna is working on her first novel, a collection of short stories, and an illustrated book on Vancouver’s Chinatown.

Kelsey Andrews grew up in the country near Grande Prairie in Northern Alberta, then moved to Vancouver, and lives now in Saanichton, Vancouver Island, on WSANEC territory. Her first book of poetry, Big Sky Falling, came out in November of 2021 with Ronsdale Press.

Isabel Hernandez-Cheng is an eighth grade student attending York House School in Vancouver. She enjoys studying social studies and English language arts. She took inspiration for this poem from a recent visit to several exhibitions about Chinese history in Chinatown.

Sharon Pan is a grade 7 student who like cats, writing, and eclairs.

Vivian Li (she/her) is a writer, editor, and musician who enjoys exploring various artistic disciplines. Her creative works are published in The Fiddlehead, CV2, and Vallum, among others. A MFA candidate at UBC, she currently edits for PRISM international, and can be reached on Twitter @eliktherain.

August 19, 2022

Each Burning Tile: Writing About Race, Diversity, and Identity on Sunday, September 25, 2022, 1:00 PM 2:00 PM at SFU Harbour Centre

Recent events in our world have highlighted the urgent need for more representation and diversity in books, but what more can be done to diversify their stories? In our tangled intersection of underrepresented (Black, Indigenous, People of Colour, and LGBTQ2S+, among many others) authors, problems arise when book publishers expect writers to write diverse characters solely for the sake of diversity. How can we write responsibly about characters at the intersectionality of genders, races, and identities? Whether it is fiction, poetry, drama, or creative non-fiction, there is emotional labour that is exhausting for writers who struggle with these questions as they are plotting their next sentence.

If you’re looking for answers, this panel of writers shares some of their experiences and insights into how they developed their own voices and characters in their fiction. Moderated by ACWW President Todd Wong, who will be speaking with authors Jasmine Kaur, (If I Tell You the Truth), Leah Ranada, (The Cine Star Salon), Dan K. Woo*, (Taobao: Stories).

Venue SFU Harbour Centre, Segal Centre Room A

Link for registation

July 22, 2022

CHINATOWN at the Vancouver Playhouse in September 2022 at the Vancouver Playhouse - tickets go on sale July 23


Book of Haiku Anthology - Call for Submissions - Deadline August 10th, 2022

Call for haiku submission to be included in Here and Now, Discover Mississauga and More, an eBook publication.  The editors, Anna Yin and Hans Jongman invite writers to submit 1 - 5 haiku to before the deadline of September 1, 2022. Everyone is welcome to join us no matter where you live. The publication date of this book is October 6, 2022.  The editors are calling for haiku based on the photos provided at the link. Those who submit their haiku before August 10 will have a possibility of having their work showcased at the Japan Festival at Celebration Square in Mississauga on Aug 20. 2022.

To find out more about this project, one of 2022 MAC MicroGrant Winning Programs, please click here.

July 11, 2022

Madeleine Thien at the Chinatown Storytelling Centre on September 12, 2022, 6.00pm

The Chinatown Storytelling Centre Reading Room will be hosts a conversation with Madeleine Thien, internationally-acclaimed author of Do Not Say We Have Nothing, which won the 2016 Scotiabank Giller Prize, the 2016 Governor General’s Literary Award for Fiction, and an Edward Stanford Prize; and was shortlisted for the 2016 Man Booker Prize, the 2017 Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction, and The Folio Prize 2017. The novel was named a New York Times Critics’ Top Book of 2016 and was longlisted for a Carnegie Medal.

Join author Anne Giardini, a member of the Chinatown Storytelling Centre advisory committee, in a discussion with Madeleine Thien about place, voice, story, and history in her writing. Their conversation will include Thien’s Vancouver origins, her sense of place in Chinatown and in the wider world, and how she weaves history and political events into her rich, compelling stories.  

More information and tickets are available at the Chinatown Storytelling Centre website.