About us

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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 with Andy Quan, he co-edited the fiction anthology Many Mouthed Birds with Bennett Lee. After founding Ricepaper Magazine, Jim went on to establish LiterASIAN as the first Canadian literary arts festival featuring writers of Asian descent. Jim passed away in 2017.

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Allan Cho

Allan Cho | Festival Director

Allan is Executive Editor of Ricepaper magazine, and is an academic librarian at the University of British Columbia. Allan is actively engaged in a number of initiatives in the community, and serves on the board of the Asian Canadian Writers’ Workshop 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 anthology, AlliterAsian: Celebrating Twenty Years of Ricepaper Magazine.

David Ly | Festival Assistant

David is the Content Coordinator at Ricepaper, curating its Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook feeds, driving visitors to the website. He is a Vancouver-based writer, poet, and Master of Publishing graduate from Simon Fraser University. His journalism has appeared on Daily Xtra, NUVO, and VICE, and his poetry on Ricepaper, Westender, The Puritan, and in the Erotic Haiku Of Skin On Skin anthology (Black Moss Press, 2017). His chapbook is titled A Perfect Jawline (Anstruther Press, 2018). He is the Marketing Assistant at UBC Press. Find David on Twitter @dlylyly or Instagram @divad.ly

Festival Team

  • Evelyn Wong, Eric Li, David Wong, Sid Chow Tan, Cynda Yeasting, Kristen Wong, Ada Con, Bonnie Low, Patricia Lim, David Ly, Vanessa Lowe, William Tham, Winnie Cheung