2021 Schedule

This year’s festival GlobalAsian: from Grassroots to Globalization features authors and cultural activists from not only Canada, but across the Asian diaspora. As “Asian” cannot easily be defined within geographical borders of one continent, but rather a conceptual collection of experiences and memories, LiterASIAN shines a spotlight that critically examines what it means to be a storyteller of Asian descent.


Intersectionality, Feminism, and Power – Writers Who Define our Times
May 1st, 12.00pm – 1.00pm (PST)
Grace Eiko Thomson, Larissa Lai, Sarah Suk

Independent Authors or Self-Published Authors? Stories that We Live to Write About
May 8th, 12.00pm – 1.30pm (PST)
Jackie Lau, Diana Morita Cole, Diana Ng, JF Garrard, Cynda Yeasting

It’s a Beautiful Neighbourhood: “Chinatown Pretty” Across North America
May 12th, 6.00pm – 7.00pm (PST)
Valerie Luu & Andria Lo of Chinatown Pretty

Writing Nusantara – Transcending Language and Borders
May 15th, 8.00pm (PST) / May 16th, 11.00am (MYT) – 1.5 hours
William Tham (Malaysia), Okky Madasari (Indonesia), Melissa De Silva (Singapore), Danton Remoto (Philippines)

Creating from Scratch: Asian Canadian Literary Publications and their role in publishing and the community
May 22, 12.00pm – 1.30pm (PST)
Brooke Xiang from Chinatown Today, Olivia Lim from Tributaries, Justine Abigail Yu & Jocelyn Yu from Living Hyphen, Chris Patterson/Kawika Guillermo & David Ng from decomp

The Pender Guy Radio Collective, 1976-1981: The Reunion Show
May 29th, 12.00pm – 1.30pm (PST)
Ramona Mar, Tommy Tao, Jeannie Young, Christy Fong, Rachel Lau

Asia Across the World: A Book Club Discussion
May 30th, 1.00pm – 3.00pm (PST)
The Asian Literature Circle

This is the second year that LiterASIAN will be virtually broadcast live across the world festival will feature events featuring authors from across North America and the world.

We would like to acknowledge that our festival takes place on the unceded traditional territories of the Musqueam, Skwxwú7mesh, Səl̓ílwətaɬ and xʷməθkwəy̓əm First Nations.