November 7, 2019

LiterASIAN Toronto 2019 -- Looking to the Future: The evolving narrative of Asian Canadian fiction

LiterASIAN Toronto 2019, an extension of the LiterASIAN festival in Vancouver, is co-presented by the University of Toronto‘s Asian Canadian Studies program at University College, the Cheng Yu Tung East Asian Library, and Asian Canadian Writers’ Workshop.

This year, the event will be themed on Looking to the Future: The evolving narrative of Asian Canadian fiction.

Since the late-1700s, people of Asian origin have made important contributions to Canadian heritage and identity. Fiction written by Asian Canadian authors have evolved and diversified, ranging from the origin immigrant story to achieving the Canadian Dream to looking beyond into the future with science fiction and fantasy tales. Looking to the Future discusses how the world has changed over time and how fiction represents these changes. Each author panelist will discuss their work and how their narrative have evolved over time as the literary landscape changes continuously.

In addition to LiterASIAN Toronto, in 2019 we are celebrating the publication of Immersion, a book of fifteen Asian speculative fiction stories from around the world and a collaborative project by Asian Canadian Writers’ Workshop, Ricepaper Magazine and Dark Helix Press. Editor JF Garrard will be introducing the book and authors Derwin Mak and Serah Louis will be reading an excerpt from their short story published in this anthology.


Two panels, with a short break in between them for food generously provided by the Cheng Yu Tung East Asian Library and socializing.

Event Part I (3-5 pm): Panel 1 & Immersion book reading 1
Event Part II (5-6:30 pm): Panel 2 & Immersion book reading 2