Jim Wong-Chu (朱藹信) was a published poet, author, editor, and historian. He was a community organizer known for his work in establishing organizations that contributed to multicultural arts and culture in Canada. He also co-edited several anthologies of Asian Canadian writers. He passed away on July 11, 2017.
Born in Hong Kong, Jim Wong-Chu came to Canada in 1953 to live with his aunt and uncle as a paper son. Wong-Chu attended the Vancouver School of Art (which is now known as Emily Carr University of Art + Design) from 1975-1981, majoring in photography and design from 1975-1981. He began working at Canada Post as a letter-carrier in 1975, a position which he would hold until his retirement in 2013.
During his time at the Vancouver School of Art, Wong-Chu was involved with the Vancouver co-op radio program called “Pender Guy” on culture and assimilation. From 1985-1987 he took creative writing at the University of British Columbia, of which his writing from his classes there eventually were compiled for his first book of poetry.