2018 Events Schedule

Journey to the West

This year’s theme is Journey to the West: Writing Across the Pacific. We have an incredible line up of authors with a full schedule of events, workshops, and panels happening all throughout Vancouver’s historic Chinatown located on the unceded Coast Salish Territories of the Musqueam, Tsleil Waututh, and Squamish people.

Purchase a $25 Festival Pass on this Eventbrite page for access to the entire three day festival. The Festival Pass includes admission to the Opening Reception, all workshops and panels, the Closing Performance, and a new copy of Chinatown Ghosts: The Poems and Photographs of Jim Wong-Chu. If you’d like to purchase tickets to individual events instead ($20 for Opening Event & Reception, $10 for workshops and Closing Performance), please click on the event you wish to attend in the schedule below and you will be re-directed to its specific Eventbrite page. You will also find more detailed information on each event in their individual pages.

We look forward to seeing you at LiterASIAN 2018!


Friday Sept 21
6.00-9.30 PM: Opening Event & Reception – ‘Remembering JWC: The Art and Memory of Writing’ and presentation on The Asianadian magazine by Cheuk Kwan [sold out]

Saturday Sept 22
12.00-1.30 PM: Writing Across the Asian Canadian Diaspora – Panel with Madeleine Thien, Jovanni Sy, Michael Kaan, Vincent Ternida, and Kevin Chong
2.00-3.00 PM: The Tale of the Re-Write: The Craft of Words and Memory – Workshop with Michael Kaan
4.00-5.00 PM: Writing About Dystopia – Workshop with Kevin Chong
5.30-6.30 PM: A Conversation on Writing, Memory, and Family with Katherine Luo and Madeleine Thien
7.00-8.00 PM: Translating Life to Fiction: Learning to See the World as Your Novel – Workshop with Vincent Ternida

Sunday Sept 23
12.00-1.30 PM: Is There Such Thing as a Canon? The Evolution of Asian Canadian Writing – Panel with Carrianne Leung, Evelyn Lau, Alice Poon, Michelle Kim, Cheuk Kwan, and Vincent Ternida
2.30-3.30 PM: What Next? Life After Writing the Inaugural Novel – Workshop with Carrianne Leung
4.00-5.00 PM: Turning to History for Inspiration: Writing the Historical Novel – Workshop with Alice Poon
6.00-7.00 PM: Closing Performance with playwright Jovanni Sy



Accessibility Info

2018 VENUES Sun Wah Centre | Chinatown House | Sun Wah Centre 268 Keefer Street, Vancouver | Website Transit: -Skytrain stations: Stadium-Chinatown, Main Street-Science World – Bus routes: #22 on Pender/Gore, #3, 8, 19 on Main St, #14, 16, 20 on Hastings St Parking: – Floors 5-8 is parkade managed by Impark. Its entrance/exit is on Keefer Street. The… Continue reading Accessibility Info