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 advises on the marketing 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 Vancouver. 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 and his interest in inter-Asian relations bloomed. His mission is to connect with writers, readers 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 writer, poet, and 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, Westender, and Daily Xtra. He is part of the poetry community on Instagram, posting many of his pieces on the platform (@divad.ly). His first chapbook comes from Anstruther Press in 2018.
Nick Stember is a translator and historian of Chinese comics and science fiction. In 2015 he completed a MA in the UBC Department of Asian Studies. His work has been featured in The International Journal of Comic Art,Clarkesworld Magazine, Pathlight, and LEAP: The International Art Magazine of Contemporary China. He is currently working closely with: The Jia Pingwa Institute, in Xi’an, to bring more of Jia’s work into English;Storycom and The Shimmer Program, to promote Chinese speculative fiction; The Huang Yao Foundation, as a research consultant; and the Books from Taiwan Manhua Project.
Keyan Zhang is currently a graduate student in the Master of Publishing program at Simon Fraser University. She has written and designed for multiple Chinese media companies as a freelancer. As a member of the Calligraphy Association, her calligraphy work has been included in several art publications. She will intern at Tradewind Books, a Vancouver children’s book publishing house, in May 2017.
Grace Galang is a soon-to-be graduate at SFU as an English Major along with a Creative Writing Certificate, and an Asia-Canada Studies Extended Minor. While she was born in the Philippines, she spent most of her life growing up in Vancouver where during her high school years she developed a growing interest in East Asian culture. Her career aspiration is to become a narrative designer for video games, and currently she is helping to script the story for an indie JRPG in development called Harmonia.
JF Garrard is the President of Dark Helix Press, an Indie publisher of Fantasy, Science Fiction, and Raw Non-Fiction. Her background is in Nuclear Medicine and she has a MBA in Marketing and Strategy. She is an editor and writer of speculative fiction (The Undead Sorceress, Trump Utopia or Dystopia Anthology, Ricepaper Issue 19.3), non-fiction (The Literary Elephant), as well as children’s books (Feeding The Kraken!, 3x Bilingual Series). She has been a speaker at various conferences on the topics of publishing, marketing, crowd funding, geek topics (science fiction, anime) and healthcare. More at darkhelixpress.com
Kathy Nguyen is a writer with a love for speculative fiction. As an undergraduate student at the University of British Columbia, pursuing a BSc. in Behavioural Neuroscience and a double major in English Literature, she has conducted research in the UBC Child Study Labs concerning the effects of enculturation on adolescent moral development and has developed a keen interest in postcolonial literature. She is immensely grateful to work with the amazing team at Ricepaper Magazine and is excited to learn more about the Asian Canadian literary scene. Currently, she writes for the UBC Blog Squad. Kathy is primarily responsible for supporting the Jim Wong-Chu Emerging Writers Award initiative.