About Us


Allan Cho | Festival Director
Allan is Executive Director of the Asian Canadian Writers’ Workshop (ACWW), and works as an academic librarian at the University of British Columbia. Allan is actively engaged in a number of initiatives in the community, and served on the board of the Chinese Canadian Historical Society of BC 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 anthologies, AlliterAsian: Celebrating Twenty Years of Ricepaper Magazine (2015) and Belief (2021).


cindy chan piper | Artistic Director
Cindy is a fourth generation Chinese Canadian, born and raised in Strathcona and Chinatown. She is a retired architect / city planner, and an actor, writer, photographer and artist. Cindy still lives within walking distance to Chinatown and is a frequent visitor there.

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Sophie Munk | Festival Coordinator 
Sophie is a recent graduate from McGill University, where she majored in international development and history. She is currently a coordinator at PCHC-MoM Society, one of ACWW’s partner organizations. She has a background in community based initiatives, research, and service. She is planning on pursuing a career focusing on the relationship between culture and health governance in an international context.



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Jim Wong-Chu (1947-2017)

Jim Wong-Chu | Founder 
The first Festival Director of LiterASIAN, Jim Wong-Chu is a pioneer of Asian Canadian literature, and a poet whose book Chinatown Ghosts (Arsenal Pulp Press) was one of the first poetry book by an Asian Canadian writer. In addition to co-editing Swallowing Clouds, he co-edited the fiction anthology Many Mouthed Birds. After founding Ricepaper Magazine, Jim went on to establish LiterASIAN as the first Canadian literary arts festival featuring writers of Asian descent.


Festival Team
Vincent Ternida
Winnie Cheung
Jo-Ann Chiu
Ada Con
Alyssa Sy de Jesus
Marlene Enns
Sean Gunn

Eric Li
Julia Lin
Bonnie Low
Sid Tan
Evelyn Wong
Cynda Yeasting
Evelyn Wong
Silvia Leung
Prairie Chiu

We would like to acknowledge that we are located on the unceded traditional territories of the Skwxwú7mesh, Səl̓ílwətaɬ and xʷməθkwəy̓əm First Nations.