15.4 Flashback: 15 Years at Ricepaper

by Jim Wong-Chu

Editor’s Note

Greetings and welcome to Flashback: 15 Years at Ricepaper, a celebratory and landmark occasion dedicated to almost two generations of writers, readers, and artists. In this special issue, we feature first-hand accounts and interviews with some of the original editors and founders of Asian Canadian Writers’ Workshop (ACWW), the organization that publishes Ricepaper. You’ll also find a visual collage of photos and illustrations that have graced the front covers of the magazine over the years. Hopefully, these images will inspire a reflective trip down memory lane.

As usual, we’re pleased to publish a variety of content that showcases the talent and aesthetic range of our literary community, including brand new poetry from Evelyn Lau and Leonard Cervantes, an honest and heart-felt homage to Maria Callas by C.E. Gatchalian, and the complete text of The Whole Beast, a provocative solo performance created by battery opera’s Lee Su-Feh. We’ve also added some thoughtful film, dance and book reviews that have sent waves of excitement through the country. Plus, profiles of avid teapot collector Roger Lee, and eco-fashion designer Pauline Siu of Flora & Fauna.

At this time, I would like to acknowledge everyone who has ever contributed to the vision, hard work and success of Ricepaper over the past fifteen years. While there are too many people (possibly hundreds) to mention, we want you to know that we are truly appreciative of – and indebted to – your past and ongoing efforts.

Our For Fifteen subscription campaign is well underway and will continue into 2011. Please join us as a subscriber if you aren’t one already, or consider giving the gift of “cultural knowledge” to someone near and dear to you. Finally, if you’re in Vancouver during the first week of December, please join us at our 15th Anniversary Dinner and Fundraiser at Foo’s Ho Ho Restaurant in Chinatown.

Best wishes for a safe and thoughtful holiday season. And thanks for your continued readership and support.

With regards,
Eury Chang

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