About Us


The Asian Canadian Writers' Workshop Society (ACWW) is a not for profit organization and is governed by a board of directors and executive team.  The Purpose of the Society is:
  • to organize, sponsor, stage and otherwise promote cultural arts activities and events including festivals, presentations, demonstrations, exhibits, workshops and seminars involving Pacific Rim Asian Canadian literary arts, themes and interests conducted in the English language;
  • to encourage public appreciation of the above through educational activities including cultural exchange and scholarship
  • to foster public appreciation, awareness and community development through cultural events.

Ted Alcuitas - Ted Alcuitas is a journalist and publisher who has been covering Filipinos in Canada for over four decades.  Ted founded Silangan, one of the first Filipino newspapers in Canada in the 1970's in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He moved to the West in the 1990's where he continued to write for Filipino newspapers in BC.  His writings have appeared in the Winnipeg Sun, Vancouver Sun, the Philippine Reporter, Bulatlat, and Philippine Asian News Today. Ted’s extensive knowledge on the Filipino diaspora in Canada makes him a go-to source for information and analysis.

Sean Gunn - A former member of the board of directors of the Chinese Benevolent Association, Sean is also a founding member of the Asian Canadian Writers' Workshop. His musical career includes playing in the house bands of Vancouver Chinatown's infamous strip joint, the Kublai Khan, and famous night club, the Marco Polo. Sean has composed music for the feature length films Moving the Mountain, and Fishbones. He has performed with the Asian Canadian alternative folk-rock bands, "Number One son," and "Raw Silk". His poetry has been published in the anthologies, Inalienable Rice and Many Mouthed Birds.

Vanessa Lowe - Vanessa Lowe is an artist and writer who lives in Vancouver. She has a degree in English Language from the University of British Columbia, and is working on a BFA from Emily Carr University. She provides full time care for her invalid mother. She writes in her blog, thiscassandra.com, occasionally. She sings with the Woodwards Community Singers. She is learning to play piano. She likes to travel. Her art and her writing are about place.

Eric Li - Eric is an upstart writer who participates vociferously in community cultural events.  He composes poetry in transit and is founder of the Turtle Embassy, an initiative to promote the awareness of responsible turtle habitats.

Sid Tan - Sid is a founding director of the CMES Community Media Education Society and Asian Canadian Writers' Workshop. He is a community activist concerned with environmental and human rights and social justice issues. He has produced and crewed hundreds of hours of community television programming, much of it national and international award winning. He is presently co-chairman of the Sierra Club Lower Mainland Group, a director of the Sierra Club of British Columbia and Vancouver Association of Chinese Canadians and acting chairman of the Media Caucus of the British Columbia Environmental Network. He is active in ICTV, an Independent Community Television Co-operative in Vancouver.


Todd Wong - Currently the longest serving ACWW Board member, Todd helped create ACWW's inaugural Community Builders Dinner in 2002. A 5th Generation Canadian in inter-cultural Vancouver, Todd can be seen in the CBC TV documentary Generations: The Chan Legacy, which he consulted on about the life and descendants of his pioneer great-great-grandfather Rev. Chan Yu Tan, who came to Canada in 1896. He has documented lots of Asian-Canadian history as one of the first Asian-Canadian bloggers atwww.gunghaggis.com (Todd is an avid blogger at Toddish McWong’s ) Gung Haggis Fat Choy, "Toddish McWong's Robbie Burns Chinese Ne Year Dinner has become (in which he is also founder and organizer of) one of Vancouver’s most celebrated annual intercultural gatherings, and has inspired a CBC TV performance special, a similar version at Simon Fraser University, and ACWW's Hapa-Palooza Festival . Todd is also Chair of the Historical Joy Kogawa House Society, where he helped to save author Joy Kogawa's childhood home into a Canadian landmark with a writer-in-residence program. Todd is also a co-author in Eating stories: A Chinese Canadian & Aboriginal Potluck.

Administration 

Jim Wong-Chu - Jim is the Executive Director of ACWW.  A pioneer of Asian Canadian literature, Jim is a poet whose book Chinatown Ghosts (Arsenal Pulp Press, 1986; now out of print) was the first poetry book by an Asian Canadian writer. In addition to co-editing Swallowing Clouds with Andy Quan, he co-edited the fiction anthology Many Mouthed Birds with Bennett Lee. Jim is also the founder of the Vancouver Asian Heritage Month Society.

Allan Cho - Born and raised in Vancouver, he is a second-generation Canadian who has an interest in Asian Canadian history and culture. Allan has been involved in several community organizations including the Vancouver Asian Film Festival, Chinese Canadian Historical Society of BC, and the Sun Yat-sen Classical Chinese Garden. Allan was part of the production team of Cedar and Bamboo, a documentary on Chinese-First Nations intermarriages in Canada and is an author in Eating stories: A Chinese Canadian & Aboriginal Potluck.  Allan is currently working on a book project on the early history of Vancouver's Chinese community.

David Ly - David Ly is a Vancouver-based writer, poet, and Master of Publishing graduate from Simon Fraser University. His journalism has appeared on Daily Xtra, NUVO, and VICE, and his poetry on Ricepaper Magazine, Westender, and in the Erotic Haiku Of Skin On Skin anthology (Black Moss Press, 2017). His first chapbook, titled A Perfect Jawline, will be published in spring 2018 with Anstruther Press. Find David on Twitter @dlylyly or Instagram @divad.ly.



Contact: director@asiancanadianwriters.ca