Please join us for "Celebration of Life: Sid Chow Tan."
October 29, 2022
Please join us for "Celebration of Life: Sid Chow Tan."
October 18, 2022
Meet Nancy Lam, author of The Loyal Daughter at the Chinatown Storytelling Centre on October 29, 2022
As a child and teenager, Nancy Lam lost herself in stories by Canadian writers, in university she majored in Canadian History to earn a Bachelor of Arts before acquiring her law degree. As an immigration lawyer she now helps prospective Canadians write and present their life stories to government officials. Her first novel, The Loyal Daughter, is based on her mother’s immigration story to Canada.
"Remarkably original, sensitive, and startlingly honest."
– Robert Rotenberg, Bestselling author of Downfall
The Loyal Daughter is a novel in stories, told from the perspective of mother, daughter, and granddaughter, spanning the 1940s to modern day. A young woman in a village in Communist China finds herself scrapping her way through the crowded streets of Hong Kong. She immigrates to an isolated Northern Ontario city and finally settles in Toronto. When she finds herself stuck in a small apartment above a clothing store, with four kids, her mother, two siblings, and a husband who is never home, the promise of a new beginning fades. Filled with heart-breaking sacrifices, secrets and joy that shape her identity, The Loyal Daughter stands testament to a woman’s true resilience.
"Based on her family’s story, Nancy Lam’s debut novel spans multiple generations of women in China, Hong Kong, and Canada. As each struggles with poverty, love, and identity, The Loyal Daughter poses the universal question: What Is loyalty — helping one’s family or being true to one’s own self?"
– Jan Wong, author, Red China Blues
Presented in partnership with the Asian Canadian Writers' Workshop, with support from At Bay Press.
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October 13, 2022
Vancouver’s Poet Laureate (2022-2024) Fiona Tinwei Lam has published three collections of poetry— Intimate Distances, Enter the Chrysanthemum, and Odes & Laments—and also authored the illustrated children’s book, The Rainbow Rocket. Her work has been featured in Best Canadian Poetry, BC’s Poetry in Transit, and several award-winning poetry video collaborations. Besides co-editing two nonfiction anthologies, she edited The Bright Well: Contemporary Canadian Poems about Facing Cancer.
A finalist for the Vancouver Book Prize (for Intimate Distances) and other awards, her work has been included in over 40 anthologies. Her Poet Laureate Legacy Project will involve community outreach to encourage the generation of new poems and poetry videos to foster a greater understanding of significant historical, cultural, and ecological sites on the unceded traditional territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh peoples, now known as the City of Vancouver.
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September 28, 2022
Sid’s lifelong friend, Jim Wong-Chu, dedicated a poem in his book Chinatown Ghosts to Sid.
(for sid tan)
hand in hand
we glide the flamenco air
the dance floor whirled a common dish
we danced a pair of common fish
stewing in the back room heat
where men grow thinner
than gambler’s chips
I am a miner of the mountain of gambler’s gold
between bowls of borrowed rice
I toss the dice of low life
numb to the feel of each burning tile
its clatter a swirling tatter of dancing steps
stay with me … carmen …
as surely as lord buddha sits on my right
make it all or nothing
September 15, 2022
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
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.