November 9, 2017

A Workshop Series with CE Gatchalian

ACWW is pleased to have CE Gatchalian present a two-part workshop series on creating literary works about identity.  Whether it be racial, cultural, sexual, gender, ability, etc. or any combination of the above - can be challenging. Is one writing for a general audience, or a specific/niche/target one? What negotiations, if any, take place when writing about a minoritized experience for a general audience? Are there "compromises" that are inevitable? Is "apolitical" art possible, or is all art inherently political? Are questions about compromise and negotiation even necessary?

Current Kogawa House Writer-in-Residence C.E. (Chris) Gatchalian will lead discussions on these questions in two one-hour workshops. As a queer-identifying, racialized artist, Chris wrestles with these questions on a daily basis. The first workshop will be a discussion led by Chris on the above issues; in the second workshop, participants will be free to share and receive feedback on works-in-progress, if they choose.

Workshop 1: Sunday, December 3, 1 pm
Workshop 2: Sunday, December 10, 1 pm

About CE Gatchalian

The author of five books, Filipino-Canadian author C. E. Gatchalian was born, raised and based on the unceded traditional lands of the Coast Salish People (Vancouver). His plays, which include Falling In Time, Broken, Motifs & Repetitions and People Like Vince, have appeared on stages nationally and internationally, as well as on radio and television. The winner of two Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards and a two-time finalist for the Lambda Literary Award, he was the 2013 recipient of the Dayne Ogilvie Prize, awarded annually by The Writers' Trust of Canada to a Canadian LGBT author of merit. He is currently Writer-in-Residence at Kogawa House, where he is working on a non-fiction manuscript.

October 30, 2017

"From Far And Wide" Inaugural Gala

The Pacific Canada Heritage Centre – Museum of Migration (PCHC – MoM) Society is a non-profit society incorporated to build a wider and improved understanding of Canada’s history and growth through intercultural explorations of historic and current trans-Pacific immigration.  Its mission is to establish a Museum of Migration at a site of historical significance for Canadians whose families first arrived in Canada through its western portals, and to create a supporting national research network for an interdisciplinary and more inclusive interpretation of Canada’s history.

A table for ten guests at $150 each includes a fabulous dinner and dessert, inspiring stories, entertainment, a lucky draw for a major prize, dancing, and featuring our headline show with CBC Host and Comedian Ali Hassan.

Tentative programme*:

5:30 PM Registration and Networking

6:30 PM Official opening, Musqueam welcome and greetings

7:00 PM Dinner

Keynote by Mr. Deepak Chopra, CEO, Canada Post

8:00 PM Entertainment by CBC host and stand-up comic, Mr. Ali Hassan,

& the best of our community incl. a kebaya fashion show

9:30 - 11:30 PM Raffle, lucky draws, and dancing

We have been functioning as a "museum without walls" for five years, offering educational programs with partners across the country mainly through the dedicated team of volunteers based in Metro Vancouver without any formal fundraising so far. Now we would like to give you a comprehensive report and celebrate our progress at our first fundraiser -- From Far and Wide Gala -- on Saturday November 25, 2017 at the River Rock Theatre in Richmond, BC.

All proceeds will be used to advance our mandate and to realize our dream of building a physical hub where Canadians can discover and share their family histories and more.

For sponsorship opportunities, please contact any of the PCHC-MoM Board Directors, or email:

October 7, 2017

For Immediate Release - Ricepaper's latest anthology Currents


Since its transformation into a digital magazine, the pioneering Asian Canadian magazine Ricepaper has returned with the first of many annual anthologies. Currents: A Ricepaper Anthology, dedicated to the late Jim Wong-Chu, features 25 diverse new voices from Canada and beyond as they explore the realities of being both Asian and Canadian. Among its contributors include internationally published writers like Anna Wang Yuan and Zeng Xiaowen, literary editors Do Nguyen Mai and Jasmine Gui, Journey-prize nominated author Céline Chuang, and Governor-General’s finalist Benjamin Hertwig.

With this new anthology Ricepaper plans to continue providing a place for minority voices while straddling the lines between print and digital media. This flexibility allows experimentation with new content and styles including original artwork, podcasts, and photo essays. It was made possible by generous supporters and donors through a Kickstarter campaign and goes to show how Ricepaper’s roots in activism and the community when it first started in 1994. Its commitment to diversity sees stories from not just the Lower Mainland, but also Interior BC, Eastern Canada, and abroad.

The book is now available online via PayPal and can be purchased in selected bookstores in Vancouver.


Publisher: Asian Canadian Writers’ Workshop

Length: 157 pages

Price: $25

Contributors: Aaron Tang Aileen Santos Anna Wang Yuan Benjamin Hertwig Carousel Calvo Céline Chuang Cheonhak Kwon John Mokrynskyj (Translator) Hana Kim (Trans.) Do Nguyen Mai Dung Kai-cheung Nick Stember (Trans.) Hannah Polinski Emi Kodama Frances Du Helen Tran Jane Aiko Komori Jasmine Gui JF Garrard Joanne Leow Kawai Shen Li Charmaine Anne Linda Nguyen Lisa Zhang Mary Chen Raine Ling Stanford Cheung Zeng Xiaowen Alison Bailey (Trans.).

Editors: Karla Comanda Leila Lee William Tham

Artwork: Priscilla Yu

Layout: Keyan Zhang

September 24, 2017

2017 Jim Wong-Chu Emerging Writers Award - Congratulations to Karla Comanda

The Asian Canadian Writers' Workshop (ACWW) is pleased to announce the winner of the 2017 Jim Wong-Chu Emerging Writers Award for poetry.   Congratulations to Karla Comanda.  Her highly accomplished poetry "salvages family memorabilia" to unpack the complex layers of Filipino Canadian immigrant experiences. With transnational scope, she explores the fraught lines of kinship, ethnic divisions, language, politics, religion, and food. These poems traverse cities, countries, and oceans. This collection is remarkable for its well-crafted and fresh poetic language, and its courageous drive to confront the abusive legacy of the American and Japanese occupation, including the issue of Comfort Women. 

The jury consists of Fiona Lam, an award winning poet, essayist, editor, and creative writing teacher; Yilin Wang, a fiction writer, poet, and journalist who is pursuing her MFA in Creative Writing at UBC -- she is also the Poetry Editor at RIcepaper Magazine, and a member of Room Magazine's Editorial Collective; and Dr. Glenn Deer, who teaches Canadian Literature and Asian Canadian Studies at UBC, and has been a past jury member for the ACWW.