The Poems and Photographs of Jim Wong-Chu (published by Arsenal Pulp Press, September 2018)
Jim Wong-Chu is a legend in the Asian Canadian writing community. As founder of the Asian Canadian Writers’ Workshop (and its magazine Ricepaper), he constantly encouraged and inspired writers across the country to get their work published and acknowledged, from Paul Yee and Evelyn Lau to Madeleine Thien and Catherine Hernandez. When Jim passed away in 2017, at the age of sixty-eight, he left not only a void in the Asian Canadian writing and publishing community but also a legacy of his own work that was never fully recognized.
CURRENTS: A Ricepaper Anthology
I feel as though my partner, who is herself Asian, is subtly accusing me of racism. I’m embarrassed. I’m just curious, I say. What’s wrong with that?
– Benjamin Hertwig, “An Uncomplicated Whiteness”
“Con không được nói ‘not fair’ nữa. Nói nữa là mẹ đánh đòn.”
You’re not allowed to say “not fair” anymore, she said. Any more and I’ll spank you.
So I stopped.
– Linda Nguyen, “Pre-Elementary, My Dear Monkey”
The ashes fell, scattering over his shadow as he walked through the knotted streets of Tokyo, memories of memories whispered towards the past.
– Aaron Tang, “De Vivre Sa Vie”
“An irregular bite mark flashed on his right shoulder.”
– Dung Kai-Cheung, translated by Nick Stember, “Crooked Teeth”
Presenting 2016’s best works of poetry, fiction and nonfiction by Asian and Asian Canadian writers published in Ricepaper Magazine.