December 21, 2016

Asian Canadian Asian Migration Studies program launch of Tributaries, a student-run Journal

The Asian Canadian Asian Migration Studies program invites you to join us at it’s first academic ACAM journal launch, The ACAM undergraduate journal is a new student-run publication that reaches across various disciplines, genres, and forms, to consider topics around Asian and Asian Canadian identity. The journal seeks to recognize and encourage dialogue around these topics, and to grow as these dialogues continue. Submissions from all UBC students, disciplines and cultural contexts at are welcome. The inaugural issue, “Tributaries”, features collected poetry, short stories, visual art, and essays. This event will be taking place on the traditional, unceded, ancestral homelands of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) First Nation.

To celebrate, you are warmly invited to our launch party from 12 – 1PM in the Dodson Room 302 (Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, UBC) on January 6th 2017. Free lunch will be provided to those who RSVP. We are also inviting contributors to read and share their work with the audience. Hope to see you there!

*Registration: RSVP now to save your seat as there is limited
*Accessibility info:
From East Mall, enter the Learning Centre through the main doors. Dodson Room is on level 3 in The Chapman Learning Commons. There are two good sized elevators on the lobby level (east mall entrance) that access all levels of the Learning Centre.
*Lunch will be provided for those who RSVP. Please let us know if you have any special dietary needs at

December 20, 2016

"Scarborough" by Catherine Hernandez available in 2017

The Asian Canadian Writers' Workshop is so proud to see Catherine Hernandez complete her first novel.   Catherine was co-winner of the Emerging Writers Award in 2015 with her manuscript Scarborough.    The novel's name is a tribute to the community of Scarborough, a low-income, culturally diverse neighbourhood east of Toronto, which is also the fourth largest city in North America.  Like many inner-city communities, it suffers under the weight of poverty, drugs, crime, and urban blight. Scarborough the novel employs a multitude of voices to tell the story of a tight-knit neighbourhood under fire: among them, Victor, a black artist harassed by the police; Winsum, a West Indian restaurant owner struggling to keep it together; and Hina, a Muslim school worker who witnesses first-hand the impact of poverty on education.

And then there are the three kids who work to rise above a system that consistently fails them: Bing, a gay Filipino boy who lives under the shadow of his father's mental illness; Sylvie, Bing's best friend, a Native girl whose family struggles to find a permanent home to live in; and Laura, whose history of neglect by her mother is destined to repeat itself with her father.

In addition to being the co-winner of the Asian Canadian Writers' Workshop Emerging Writers Award in 2015, the book is also the finalist for the 2016 $50,000 Half the World Global Literati Award for best unpublished manuscript. It offers a raw yet empathetic glimpse into a troubled community that locates its dignity in unexpected places: a neighbourhood that refuses to be undone.

By (author) Catherine Hernandez
Price: $17.95 CAD $17.95 USD
ISBN: 9781551526775 

December 11, 2016

Empire of the Son is a cautionary tale about the hidden costs of trying to embody traditional models of masculinity: to make the most money, to be strong, to have sex with the most women, and to never, ever be vulnerable. Shigematsu’s father died believing his life was insignificant because he didn’t score well on any of those metrics. The playwright challenges that claim.

October 25, 2016

Madeleine Thien’s Do Not Say We Have Nothing wins the GG for Fiction.

Madeleine Thien began her literary career in 1996 as an editor of Ricepaper Magazine, a publication of the Asian Canadian Writers’ Workshop. She went on to win the ACWW Emerging Writer Award based on the manuscript for her short story collection Simple Recipes in 1998. The ACWW offered her manuscript to publishers and had bidding offers from four different interested publishers. Madeleine finally decided to go with McClelland and Stewart who offered her a two book deal. Simple Recipes was published by M & S in 2002 which won the BC Book Prize for Fiction in the same year.

The story, “Simple Recipes” itself, which later became the title for her manuscript and her award-winning debut collection was first published in the Journey Prize Anthology: The Best Short Fiction From Canada’s Literary Journals (Toronto: M&S, 1998). It was shortlisted for the 10th annual awarding of The Journey Prize.

The uniqueness of the ACWW Emerging Writer Award is a community-building initiative in the Asian Canadian writing community to help develop manuscripts and that it offered the award to a winning manuscript and is the only award of its kind in North America to do so.

October 23, 2016

All Our Father's Relations on November 6, 2016 #VAFF2016

We're proud to be partners with the Pacific Canada Heritage Centre's Museum of Migration, explorASIAN Festival and the Chinese Canadian Historical Society of British Columbia for the world premiere of All Our Father's Relations at the 20th Annual Vancouver Asian Film Festival, which is nominated for the Best Canadian Feature Award.

Synopsis: All Our Father's Relations tells the story of the Grant siblings who journey from Vancouver to China in an attempt to rediscover their father's roots and better understand his fractured relationship with their Musqueam mother. The Grant family and their story reveals the shared struggles of migrants and Aboriginal peoples in the past and today.

Date: Sunday, November 6, 2016
Time: 4:30pm

Location: Cineplex Odeon International Village Cinemas, 88 W Pender St.

Tickets: (available now on a first come, first-served basis)

Director: Alejandro Yoshizawa; Producers: Sarah Ling, Alejandro Yoshizawa, Jordan Paterson