Allan Cho is actively engaged in a number of initiatives in the community, and currently serves on the board of the Asian Canadian Writers’ Workshop and Vancouver Asian Heritage Month Society. He has written for the Georgia Straight, Diverse Magazine, and Ricepaper. His fiction has appeared in the anthologies, The Strangers and Eating Stories. He is one of the founders of LiterASIAN Writers Festival and is a co-editor of the anthology, AlliterAsian: Celebrating Twenty Years of Ricepaper Magazine.
Karla Comanda is currently a MFA student in the UBC Creative Writing program at the University of British Columbia. Karla is also a Mentor in the New Shoots Program, an outreach creative program in Vancouver’s secondary schools and also serves on the of Editorial Board at PRISM international magazine.
Leila Lee holds a BA in history from the University of Victoria and an MA in history from Queen’s University. Her research interest lies in exploring how the state creates and maintains racism and gender inequality through labour and law. She’s currently living in South Korea teaching English to elementary students. She has worked with North Korean defectors and lived with and supervised the girls’ residence program for North Korean refugee high school students in South Korea.
Creative Non-Fiction Editor
William Tham is an enthusiastic fiction writer whose published works revolve around Malaysia, where he grew up in. In collaboration with the independent publisher Fixi Novo, William is hoping to branch out into other topics of interests, particularly with respect to Vancouver and Canada in general.
Katrina Vera Wong is part of Nakid Magazine, Science Borealis, and Discorder Magazine. She talks to artists, discusses science in society, coordinates online content, and occasionally makes photo-collages. More at www.furiebeckite.com
Yiming Ma leads the marketing arm and digital strategy of Ricepaper Magazine. Previously, he worked in London U.K., where he helped grow education businesses in Africa and SE Asia that served over 25,000 children from low-income families. Over the last five years, he has travelled to over thirty countries. His writing has been published by Stanford Social Innovation Review, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, and also literary journals such as Ricepaper. His short story “Love | Ramen” was recently named a finalist for the 2016 Penguin Random House Canada Student Award for Fiction. In September, Yiming will be starting his MBA at Stanford University.
Gavin Hee was born and raised in North Van. He spent his formative twenties in Seoul in pursuit of work, a worldly view, and efficient and well-priced public transportation. It was here his concept of multiculturalism transformed, his interest in inter-Asian relations bloomed, and his life forever changed for the better. He brought back a bunch of experience and now looks to connect with writers and artists local and abroad from the hometown he once took for granted. He is the founder of weshareinterests.com, a site he thinks you would enjoy since you’re here and reading this.
Charlotte Nip, born and raised in Vancouver, is a passionate writer, poet, and is currently a third year student at UBC. While pursuing her BA in English, she devotes her time to writing for new media publications. Her experiences include: publishing on ThoughtCatalog, writing for Alpha Phi Omega UBC ’s WordPress, and communicating on her own WordPress.
Editorial Correspondent (Montreal)
Shuyue He, raised in the economic hub, Shanghai, China, is a second-year undergraduate double majoring in history and philosophy at McGill University. She is a passionate writer, actor, and human rights activist. She studied Acting Shakespeare at Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in 2012. She wrote press release for Justice Human Rights, a Montreal-based NGO. She is currently doing research on Chinese foreign policy at Initiative for Policy Research and Analysis.
Priscilla Yu is a Vancouver-based Artist and Illustrator. Driven by an interest in geometry and patterns in nature, she utilizes geometric and abstract forms as a creative constraint and metaphors for exploring different concepts and identities. Since graduating with a BFA from Emily Carr University of Art and Design in 2013, she has been involved in variety of projects and art galleries. This has included illustration work for OpenMedia.ca, Small Wonder Magazine, Sad Magazine, and Discorder Magazine. She has also exhibited with TEDx Vancouver, FAAIM in Chicago, Robert Lynds Gallery, and the Ayden Gallery. See her work here: www.priscillayu.ca
Digital Content Coordinator
David Ly is a Master of Publishing student at Simon Fraser University. He has trained under writers Anosh Irani, David Chariandy, and Broc Rossell. His words have appeared on Ricepaper, NUVO, and Daily Xtra. He is part of the poetry community on Instagram, posting many of his pieces on the platform (@divad.ly). He will be included in the Erotic Haiku Anthology published by Black Moss Press in May 2017.