June 12, 2016

LiterASIAN 2016 Featured Authors

Kim Thúy

Vietnamese-born Canadian writer, Kim Thúy has worked as a seamstress, interpreter, lawyer and restaurant owner.  She currently lives in Montreal where she devotes herself to writing.  Thúy's debut novel Ru won the Governor General's Award for French language fiction at the 2010 Governor General's Awards. The novel Ru was also shortlisted nominee for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and the Amazon.ca First Novel Award. The novel won the 2015 edition of Canada Reads. In 2016, Thúy published her third novel, Vi.  Vi is a story about a young woman whose name means "precious, minuscule, microscopic" and how she transforms from a self-effacing girl into a confident lawyer who falls in love, returns to her native Saigon to work and knows heart break.

Paul Yee

Paul Yee’s stories will transport you into the worlds of the overseas Chinese, those people of Chinese origin who live and work in North America. Paul is a Chinese-Canadian historian and writer. He is the author of many books for children, including Teach Me to Fly, Skyfighter, The Curses of Third Uncle, Dead Man’s Gold, and Ghost Train — winner of the 1996 Governor General’s Award for English language children’s literature.


SKY Lee is a Canadian artist and novelist. Lee has published both feminist fiction and non-fiction. Lee’s first book, Disappearing Moon Cafe, published in 1990, explores the Wong family over four generations, as they operate the titled cafe. Nominated for the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize and the Governor General’s Award, the novel won the City of Vancouver Book Award.

Larry Grant

Elder Larry Grant is of mixed Chinese and Musqueam ancestry. Born on a hop field as a premature baby in Agassiz, B.C., Grant was raised in Musqueam traditional territory. Today he serves the Musqueam Nation as the Language and Culture Consultant and teaches at UBC. Larry and Sarah Ling published ʔi ɬe nem̓ ʔəm̓xasəm̓ , 我們出去走走啦!, Let’s Take a Walk ” and the accompanying CD contribute to language resources developed to encourage hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ revitalization. Based on the childhood of Larry Grant, this story takes place in the late 1930’s at the village site of xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam Indian Reserve 2). 

Sarah Ling

Sarah is completing her MA in the Interdisciplinary Studies Graduate Program, through which she works with the Musqueam Nation to revitalize the intercultural history of Chinese market gardening in their community and stories of UBC-First Nations relations. Sarah and Larry Grant published ʔi ɬe nem̓ ʔəm̓xasəm̓ , 我們出去走走啦!, Let’s Take a Walk ” and the accompanying CD contribute to language resources developed to encourage hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ revitalization. Based on the childhood of Larry Grant, this story takes place in the late 1930’s at the village site of xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam Indian Reserve 2). 

Denise Chong

Denise is a third-generation Chinese Canadian, Chong was born in Vancouver, British Columbia. Denise Chong has published three non-fiction books of literary non-fiction and edited one compilation of short stories. Because of the importance of the Canadian historical research in Chong’s first book, a memoir of her family, The Concubine’s Children, she has become renowned as a writer and commentator on Canadian history and on the family. 

J.J. Lee

JJ Lee grew up on Montreal’s South Shore. He studied fine arts at Concordia University and holds a Master of Architecture degree from the University of British Columbia. In 2014, he hosted the CBC radio show, Head to Toe. Before that, he wrote The Measure of a Man: The Story of a Father, a Son, and a Suit, published in hardcover by McClelland & Stewart and in paperback by Emblem Editions.

Edwin Lee

Edwin Lee was born in Vancouver, British Columbia and has lived in the lower mainland for his entire life. His family was instrumental in developing Vancouver’s Chinatown during the days of the Gold Rush in North America. He is author of Sum Yung Guys.

Larry Wong

Larry is a local historian and past president of the Chinese Canadian Historical Society. His book Dim Sum Stories: A Chinatown Childhood is about his 1940s-1960s childhood in Vancouver’s Chinatown. A close friend of Wayson Choy, author of The Jade Peony, Wong’s personal short stories reveal a world filled with people from diverse ethnic backgrounds.

Jean Barman

Jean Barman is a historian of British Columbia. Her work The West Beyond the West: A History of British Columbia has been described as the standard text on the subject [of British Columbia history. She has received the Lieutenant Governor’s Medal for historical writing, and the 2006 City of Vancouver Book Award (for Stanley Park’s Secret. She is a professor emerita at the University of British Columbia.

Joy Kogawa

Joy Kogawa was born in Vancouver in 1935 to Japanese-Canadian parents. During WWII, Joy and her family were forced to move to Slocan, British Columbia, an injustice Kogawa addresses in her 1981 novel, Obasan. Kogawa has worked to educate Canadians about the history of Japanese Canadians and she was active in the fight for official governmental redress.

Simon Choa-Johnston

Born and raised in Hong Kong, Simon Choa-Johnston came to Canada to attend McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, and graduated in 1972, after which he went to New York for postgraduate theatre studies. He has worked in Canadian theatre for over twenty-five years as an Artistic Director, Director (over 200 productions), and Playwright.

C. Fong Hsiung

The eldest of five children, C. Fong Hsiung was born to Hakka Chinese parents in Kolkata, India. At the age of eighteen she immigrated to Canada where she married and raised three sons. She wrote “Alfie,” a short story published by Life Rattle Press for The Totally Unknown Writers Festival 2012, which was also featured in Life Rattle Radio.

Cheuk Kwan

Cheuk Kwan was born in Hong Kong and grew up in Singapore, Hong Kong and Japan. After earning his master’s degree in systems engineering in the U.S., he immigrated to Canada in 1976 where he embarked upon a successful career in information technology. Back home in Canada, the community activist founded The Asianadian, a magazine dedicated to the promotion of Asian Canadian arts, culture and politics in 1978. 

Dan Seto

Dan graduated from Simon Fraser University in business administration and worked in sales, marketing, publishing and promotions. He has been an avid dragon boat and outrigger racer and also a co-author in Finding Memories Tracing Routes and Easting Stories, a Chinese Canadian and Aboriginal Potluck. He established Chinese Canadian Roots TV Channel on You Tube which features his mother’s Chinese village recipes, travels to his ancestral villages, and documentation of CCHSBC events.

Wednesday September 21 to Sunday September 25, 2016
The 4th annual Asian Canadian literary festival celebrates the best of Pacific Rim Asian Canadian literary talent. LiterASIAN 2016 features some of Asian Canadian writing’s most innovative and creative writers fiction and history. LiterASIAN is for literary enthusiasts, publishers, literary agents, and anyone interested in writing. This year’s line-up includes:
  • Workshops with featured authors 
  • Panels with industry experts and writers 
  • Asian Canadian book fair 
  • Closing dinner gala

Interviews and photo opportunities are available.  
Contact: info@literasian.com

April 28, 2016

Stumbling Through Paradise A Feast of Mercy for Manuel del Mundo by Eleanor Guerrero-Campbell

Stumbling Through Paradise: A Feast of Mercy for Manuel del Mundo follows the journey of one Filipino family, who leave everything behind in order to build a new life for themselves in Canada, and their struggle to find their way. Blocked from finding work in their respective fields despite their qualifications and skills, they must decide between pride and practicality, survival and surrender. The choices and concessions they make will impact their lives, and the lives of their children, in countless ways. And in the end, it will be up to the second and third generations to offer redemption, and help create the paradise their parents had hoped to find.

 A story of determination and hope, Stumbling Through Paradise showcases the indomitable spirit of those willing to risk everything for the chance of a brighter future, and captures with great clarity, the bonds of familial love and loyalty, which may bend but never truly break.

Eleanor writes and lives in Vancouver with her husband. When they are not travelling, they enjoy walking, cycling, and exploring the city’s neighbourhoods and cultural life.  This is her first novel.  There will be a book launch on Saturday May 21, 2016 at the Creekside Community Centre.

April 20, 2016

The Cedrick Literary Awards

Attention all Asian Canadian writers 50 years and older!  Let's change the landscape of literary awards by providing a unique platform to recognize and reward unpublished English and French-speaking authors of fiction, creative non-fiction and poetry, and First Nations writers over the age of 50.

Launched in 2014 under the proud sponsorship of Betterthan50 ® the awards program is a first-of-its-kind in Canada, and in its inaugural year (2015) captured the interest of writers, publishers, and organizations that support and promote authors across the country.

March 30, 2016

Asian Heritage Month AlliterAsian Anthology Launch at Centre A, May 12

2015 marked the 20th anniversary of Ricepaper magazine and to celebrate it we selected some of the best writing for an anthology.   Considered a pioneering periodical devoted to Asian-Canadian writing, the magazine shifted from predominantly arts and culture reporting to the publication of original literature over the years.  It has both witnessed and cultivated the maturation of an Asian-Canadian literary tradition.  Many of today’s most acclaimed Asian-Canadian writers were first published in the pages of Ricepaper.  Please join us for this special evening as we celebrate the years of Ricepaper!
This book launch will feature readings from:1-300x450
  • Carolyn Nakagawa
  • C.E. Gatchalian
  • Jackie Wong
  • Rita Wong
  • Crecien Bencio
AlliterAsian is an intriguing and multi-faceted record of Asian-Canadian writing that pays homage to the legacy of Ricepaper and its contribution to the evolving and increasingly diverse landscape of Canadian literature.” – Arsenal Press