Executive Editor (Vancouver)

Allan Cho

Allan Cho is an academic librarian at the University of British Columbia and an instructor at the University of the Fraser Valley.  Allan is actively engaged in a number of initiatives in the community and has served on the board of the Asian Canadian Writers’ Workshop Society (ACWW), Chinese Canadian Historical Society of British Columbia (CCHSBC) and Vancouver Asian Heritage Month Society (VAHMS). He has written for the Georgia Straight, Diverse Magazine, and Ricepaper.  His fiction has appeared in the anthologies, The Strangers and Eating Stories: A Chinese Canadian and Aboriginal Potluck.    

Managing Editor (Vancouver)

Alyssa Leung

Alyssa Leung integrates her love of languages and technical skills into the field of communications and marketing.  With a background in Translation and Interpretation (English-French-Spanish) and an MBA, Alyssa has worn many hats over the course of her career.  As a lifelong learner, she is always looking to expand her skill set and become trained in multiple disciplines. Alyssa is an outdoor adventurer at heart—when she’s not writing or learning how to code, she climbs mountains in the summer and skis down them in the winter.

Senior Editor (Toronto)

JF Garrard

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

Senior Editor (Vancouver)


William Tham

William Tham Wai Liang is a writer and contributor to the Malaysian publisher Fixi. He lives in Vancouver, where he collects books and is in the process of writing new books and enjoying the outdoors. His first novel, Kings of Petaling Street, was published by Fixi London in 2017. He has also had various works published in various magazines and short story collections in Canada and abroad.


Design Editor (Vancouver)

Keyan Zhang

Keyan Zhang is a graduate of the Master of Publishing program at Simon Fraser University and currently a staff member at the University of Calgary Press. 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.

Nick Stember

Nick Stember is a translator and historian of Chinese comics.   He has a Master of Arts in Asian Studies at the University of British Columbia with his (very readable and not at all obscure) thesis on the formation of the Shanghai Manhua Society in the mid-1920s. Since 2014, he has worked as a consultant for a variety of ventures, including Storycom and Clarkesworld Magazine’s Chinese Science Fiction Translation Project and the Grayhawk Agency and the Ministry of Culture (ROC)’s Books from Taiwan. He currently serves as the translation editor for Ricepaper Magazine, and commissioning editor for the Los Angeles Review of Books China Channel.  

Art Editor (Vancouver)

Melody Sun

Melody Sun

Melody Sun is currently a graduate student at the Master of Publishing program at Simon Fraser University.  Melody graduated from UBC with a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology.  Along with her passion in cultural and social psychology, Melody is interested in Asian Studies. She has volunteered as an events executive for UBC Chinese Scholars and Students Association and has interned at the Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater Vancouver.   She loves drinking coffee and reading books, but what she loves more are people who make coffee and people who make books.  Melody works with the outreach team in reaching the Chinese language community through a variety of social media platforms.

Outreach Team (Vancouver)

April Lee

April Lee

Having majored in History and French Education, April Lee furthered her academic interests in French literature as an MA candidate at Korea University in Seoul. Her background led her into international education marketing which deepened her understanding of different cultures. She has dedicated herself to event organizing and marketing in order to engage people from various cultural backgrounds. Living in Vancouver, she continues to pursue her dream of becoming a cross-cultural communicator. April will help Ricepaper reach out to Korean communities through social media and provide Korean literary insights and community engagement.

Editorial Contributor (Vancouver)


Gavin Hee

Gavin aims to connect people around the world interested in relatable, meaningful content by Asians. He was born and raised in North Vancouver and spent his formative twenties in Seoul where his concept of globalism transformed. He is particularly fond of pan-Asian themed stories of inter-cultural exchange and he is the founder of, a site he thinks you might enjoy since you are already reading this one. He encourages marginalized voices to build their own world so they are not stuck in someone else’s.

Editorial Contributor (Vancouver)

Abhishek Sharma

Abhishek Sharma is in the field of Career Counseling and Life Coaching and is employed at the Progressive Intercultural Community Services (PICS) Society.  He volunteers with the Richmond Multicultural Community Services and the Vancouver Asian Film Festival (VAFF).   In his community work, Abhishek manages volunteers, works with individuals from all types of backgrounds, facilitates career development workshops in employment centres as well as leads customer service experience initiatives.   An avid reader and pop cultural enthusiast, Abhishek is a freelance writer, and has been a contributor to Ricepaper magazine.

Editorial Contributor (Vancouver)

Bessie Chow

Bessie Chow is a long-time supporter and contributor to Ricepaper, a Canadian magazine showcasing Asian Canadian literature, culture, and the arts. As a first-generation Canadian-born Chinese, Bessie has long been sensitive to the challenges and opportunities inherent in the definition and defiance of different labels. Her passion for diversity and inclusion has manifested in a range of activities including starting the first station diversity committee at Global Ontario, sitting on media advisory committees for under-represented groups (CNIB, VIRCS), delivering cultural-sensitivity training to ESL instructors and learners, and participating in diversity in governance programs for boards of directors.

Editorial Contributor (Vancouver)

Patricia Lim lives in Vancouver and has also spent time in Halifax, Manila, and Beijing. She has written for Ricepaper, Schema, Converge, and Vancouver Observer. She enjoys examining the connections between culture, history, and identity.

Editorial Contributor (Vancouver)
Elizabeth Wang was born in a mid-sized northern town in China. Moved by the beauty of literature and language, she has been determined to become part of the publishing industry since she was ten years old. Arriving in Canada at 14, she started her life here as an international student. She is a photographer, ferret lover and harpist. She is also an undergraduate student at the University of British Columbia enrolled with the Bachelor of Media Studies program.