March 10, 2023

Around the Table: Literary Readings Celebrating Asian Voices

Join host and Room's lead editor Michelle Ha celebrating Around the Table with art and performances from the issue. Browse visiting cover artist Paige Jung's work and listen to Stephanie Lim, Grace Liu, Many Ruthnum, and Jaeyun Yoo read fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry.

"The name “Around the Table” came from the realization that for a lot of Asian cultures many moments, activities, and memories are done and made around the table. In this sense, I wanted this issue to feel similar to that. The dream for 46.1 has always been about supporting and uplifting the voices of Asian writers and artists, as well as curating this issue as a platform to showcase the vastness that is the Asian collective... “Around the Table” became home to these incredibly wonderful, joyful, and vulnerable pieces that share individual experiences for the collective." —Michelle Ha

This event will take place on the unceded traditional territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. We are thankful to be living, creating, and gathering on this land.  Please note that the Zoom event will be recorded.


Being of both Filipino and Chinese diasporas, Stephanie Lim is a lifelong learner of colonialism and migration, and how these forces shape our relationships with food, each other, and our own identities. A frequent collaborator and speaker on food justice and food sovereignty projects, she lives in Vancouver, BC.

Grace Liu is a student at the University of British Columbia, where she studies English Literature and spends a lot of her time thinking about languages, metaphors, and culture. Her work can also be found in The Garden Statuary and littledeathlit.

Mandy Ruthnum is a Mauritian-Canadian writer from Vancouver Island. She works as a physician specializing in seniors care, and is a single mother to two sons. She writes both fiction and non fiction and her work has been published in The Fabulist, Persephone's Daughters and The Globe and Mail.

Jaeyun Yoo is a Korean-Canadian poet and psychiatrist living on the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh peoples, also known as Vancouver. A Best of the Net nominee, her work has appeared in Room, Canthius, The /tƐmz/ Review, Prairie Fire, Grain, CV2, and elsewhere. She is a graduate of The Writer’s Studio at Simon Fraser University. She is a member of Harbour Centre 5, a local collective of emerging poets.

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