2021 Event Schedule

This year’s theme is GlobalAsian – From Grassroots to Globalization, featuring Asian authors from not only in Canada, but across the world and across time zones. Being “Asian Canadian” isn’t contained within the confines of one country, but rather a collection of experiences and memories.    Authors will be invited to speak about how their ethnicity influenced not only their own writing, but also their experiences during the pandemic.  

We have an incredible line up of authors with a full schedule of events. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, LiterASIAN 2021 goes virtual! With much gratitude, our festival is located on the unceded Coast Salish Territories of the Musqueam, Tsleil Waututh, and Squamish people.

See below for this year’s event schedule – details to come.

We look forward to seeing you at LiterASIAN 2021!


In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, LiterASIAN 2020 goes virtual! See below for the new program schedule.

LiterAsian 2021 – “GlobalAsian”
May 1 to May 30, 2021

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, 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

Writing Nunsutara – Transcending Language and Borders
May 15th, 12.00pm noon (MYT) / 8.00pm (PST) – 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)
Chinatown Today, Living Hyphen, ACAM Tributaries, & decomp

The Pender Guy Radio Collective, 1976-1981: The Reunion Show
May 29th, 12.00pm – 1.30pm (PST)
Ramona Mar, Jeannie Young, Rachel Lau, June Chow, Christy Fong, Paul Yee, & Winnie Cheung

Asia Across the World: A Book Club Discussion
May 30th, 12.00pm – 1.30pm (PST)
The Asian Literature Circle

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

Past Festivals

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