MARTY CHAN is an Edmonton playwright whose works include "The Chopstick Kid," "Polaroids of Don," "Mom, Dad I'm Living with a White Girl," and the "Old Boys' Club". His plays have run in Edmonton, Toronto and Vancouver. He was a story editor on the television series Jake and the Kid. Since 1994, Chan has been writing the "Dim Sum Diaries," a humour commentary for CBC Radio Edmonton. His television pilot, "Orange Seed Myth and Other Lies Mothers Tell," for Baton Broadcasting is scheduled to air in the fall of 1997.
TINA CHANG is a graduate of the University of Alberta B.F.A. programme. She has worked in Toronto with Elite, Giovanni, Ford and Armstrong agencies; with Salon Magazine, Intro Magazine and Chatelaine. Her photography has been recognized in exhibitions, including: The Works and Thredzs (featuring the top-ten fashion photographers in Alberta). She is currently working for the University of Alberta and is actively involved in the fashion scene. [Model featured in photography: Gloria.]
LIEN CHAO is a literary and art critic, a curator and a poet. Her Ph.D. thesis, Beyond Silence: Chinese Canadian Literature in English, will be published by TSAR Publications this fall. She is the writer/editor for a bilingual (English and Chinese) World Wide Web site which runs on-line art exhibitions all year round at http://www.candesign.com/maplegallery/.
KUAN FOO was born in England and currently lives in Vancouver, BC. A poet, songwriter and activist, he is a former Editor-in-Chief of the Rice Paper and is currently the President of the Vancouver Association of Chinese Canadians. His non-fiction articles have been published in various periodicals. This anthology represents the first publication of his poetry; a selection of his works were read at Vancouver's First Annual Asian Heritage Month Festival in 1997.
DAVID FUJINO is a Toronto writer-artist who has studied English Language & Literature at Victoria College, University of Toronto. Over the past 20 years, his poetry has been published in North America, Britain and Japan. His poetry also appears in Paper Doors (Coach House Press, Toronto, 1982), an anthology of Japanese Canadian poetry, and in FAST (Vocabulary, Toronto, 1987) and Lines (eeno books, Toronto, 1990).
KENDA D. GEE is a non-fiction writer, editorialist, and former editor of Chinacity. A Visiting Writer at the Canadian Studies Center, University of Washington, Seattle, 1998, he has researched the biographies of Chinese Canadian sports icons and is currently working at the early stages (writing/direction) of a National Film Board of Canada documentary. A graduate of the University of Alberta and Osgoode Hall Law School, Toronto, he was the recipient of a United Nations Secretariat graduate internship with the Offices of Political and Legal Affairs in New York.
HIROMI GOTO was born in Japan and grew up in BC and Alberta. Her first novel, Chorus of Mushrooms, was awarded the prestigious 1995 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best First Book in the Caribbean/Canada Region and was the 1996 co-winner of the Canada-Japan Book award. She is a mother of two children and lives in Calgary. She is currently completing her second novel entitled The Kappa Child, about a young Asian coming to terms with extremely dysfunctional family, a mythological folk creature called a Kappa (water imp) and an unaccountable pregnancy.
SEAN GUNN is a former member of the board of directors of the Chinese Benevolent Association, and is a founding member of the Asian Canadian Writers' Workshop. His musical career includes playing in the house bands of Vancouver Chinatown's infamous strip joint, the Kublai Khan, and famous night club, the Marco Polo. Sean has composed music for the feature length films Moving the Mountain, and Fishbones. He has performed with the Asian Canadian alternative folk-rock bands, "Number One son," and "Raw Silk". His poetry has been published in the anthologies, Inalienable Rice and Many Mouthed Birds.
M.J. KANG is a playwright, actor, and sound designer based in Toronto. Her plays include: Noran Bang: The Yellow Room (Cahoots Theatre Projects), Hee Hee: Tales From The White Diamond Mountain (Blyth Festival Theatre), Simply Fred (Toronto Fringe Festival), and Blessings. She has been a playwright-in-residence at Cahoots Theatre Projects and taken part of The Playwrights Colony at The Banff Centre For The Arts and The Tarragon Playwrights Unit. Currently, she is a series regular on the new CBC soap opera - Riverdale, playwright-in-residence at Nightwood Theatre, and developing the musical version of Hee Hee.
HELEN KOYAMA is a Japanese Canadian artist and mom, born in Toronto. She is currently living in Scarborough with her three kids. Her poetry has appears in the anthology, Inalienable Rice and her cartoon Bix is featured regularly in the Rice Paper.
LAIWAN was born in Harare, Zimbabwe, of Chinese (Toisanese) origin. She emigrated to Canada in 1977 to leave the war in Rhodesia. She is a Vancouver-based interdisciplinary artist/writer, and is currently editor of FRONT Magazine.
FIONA LAM is a Scottish-born Chinese Canadian, (Tinwai) and grew up in Vancouver. She was an editor of the University of British Columbia literary magazine, Arc, prior to pursuing an LL.B. at Queen's University and an LL.M. at the University of Toronto. In addition to working as a lawyer, researcher and university lecturer in law, she has been active in a number of community groups, committees and boards, including the Chinese Canadian National Council and the Canadian Ethnocultural Council. She is a member of Westcoast LEAF and two artist run centres in Ottawa, Galerie SAW Video and Gallery 101. She is currently working on a body of poetry that explores the vicissitudes of interpersonal connection and family relationships.
EDWARD Y. C. LEE is a Toronto writer and lawyer who consults on immigration and multicultural issues. His writing has appeared in the Toronto Star, The Globe and Mail and a number of literary magazines. He is currently working on a novel entitled, Into a Far Country.
S.K.Y. LEE is a feminist writer and artist, and author of Bellydancer and Disappearing Moon Cafe, a 1990 finalist for the Governor General's Award and winner of the Vancouver Book Prize. She is co-editor of Telling It: Women and Language Across Cultures and illustrator of Paul Yee's children's book, Teach Me How To Fly, Skyfighter.
SOOK-YIN LEE is a crooner, songwriter, guitarist and noise-maker. She has previously released five albums as the lead singer of Bob's Your Uncle, has written and recorded two film soundtracks, has written and directed several short films (including one, Hey, Kelly!, that won a "Golden Apple" award in the United States for children's education in 1992) and has acted in several films for others. She played the lead role of the devil (Mephistopheles) in an experimental opera version of Faust that was produced in Vancouver by Tamahnous Theatre and the Karen Jamieson Dance Company. Currently, Lee is a full-time on-air personality with MuchMusic television.
STEVEN ALLEN LEE was born and raised in Winnipeg, and now lives in Richmond, British Columbia. An ESL, English, and History teacher, he is a former Editor-in-Chief of the Rice Paper.
PAT PARUNGAO is a Canadian of Chinese ancestry. She is a teacher-librarian and has taught at the elementary, secondary and university levels. She has studied Chinese language and culture at the University of British Columbia, at the Beijing Language Institute and at the Chinese Culture University in Taipei.
SID TAN is a founding director of the CMES Community Media Education Society and Asian Canadian Writers' Workshop. He is a community activist concerned with environmental and human rights and social justice issues. He has produced and crewed hundreds of hours of community television programming, much of it national and international award winning. He is presently co-chairman of the Sierra Club Lower Mainland Group, a director of the Sierra Club of British Columbia and Vancouver Association of Chinese Canadians and acting chairman of the Media Caucus of the British Columbia Environmental Network. He is active in ICTV, an Independent Community Television Co-operative in Vancouver.
THUONG VUONG-RIDDICK was born in Hanoi and studied in Paris. In 1969 she emigrated to Canada and taught French literature at the University of Montreal, McGill University and the University of Victoria. She has published Two Shores/Deux rives in 1995 and is presently at work on a prose memoir of her family in Vietnam.
TERRY WATADA is a Toronto poet, writer, musician and playwright whose latest publications include Daruma Days (short stories: Ronsdale Press, 1997), Bukkyo Tozen: A History of Jodo Shinshu Buddhism in Canada, 1905-1995 (HpF Press, 1996), A Thousand Homes (poetry: Mercury Press, 1995) and an article, "Poetic Karma," in the winter edition of Canadian Literature. He has produced three plays and six albums. His poem, “City of Fallen Angels,” won the 1996 fiction and poetry competition run by the Asian American journal, MoonRabbit Review; his poem "Moon Above the Ruins" was selected among the top fifty by the League of Canadian Poets' 10th National. Among his ongoing projects are: his play “Vincent” for an Ontario tour (through Workman Theatre Projects) which includes a short piece on Edmond Yu, a schizophrenic Chinese Canadian man who was killed by the police earlier this year; a children’s play based on Japanese fables and fairy tales; and, a biography on Japanese Canadian geneticist Dr. Irene Uchida for Umbrella Press. He is also beginning the research of a new novel.
JIM WONG-CHU is a poet and editor. A nationally recognized and founding member of the Asian Canadian Writers' Workshop, he is the writer of a number of published works of poetry, including Chinatown Ghosts (Arsenal), and is the co-editor of the seminal work, Many Mouthed Birds: Contemporary Writing by Chinese Canadians (Douglas & McIntyre). He has juried for a number of literary and artistic competitions, nationally, and locally in Vancouver, and has acted as an historical consultant for a number of major cultural projects. He is currently compiling works for a new anthology of Chinese Canadian poetry.
DAVID HOY TIEN WONG was born in Vancouver, holds a botany degree, and loves plants and nature. He is an architect, artist and local activist who enjoys his heritage who always wanted to become a cartoonist. He formerly headed Singapore's fourth largest architectural firm before returning to Canada. [Wong's artwork is featured on the cover of the Anthology.]
LARRY WONG is a veteran photojournalist who has covered news and events for Canada's major dailies, magazines and news wire for eighteen years. He has accumulated over thirty national, regional and local awards for his work. He has traveled extensively throughout Asia and holds a second degree black belt in karate. Currently, Wong is a senior staff photographer with the Edmonton Journal.
RITA WONG has lived and taught in China and Taipei. She is currently working as an Archivist and is a former member of the editorial collective of absinthe, a Calgary-based journal. She is currently working on a manuscript of poems.
WEI WONG is an editor and past President of the Edmonton Chinese Bilingual Education Association. His writing on education issues has appeared in Chinacity. He is currently the Editor of Spectrum. He is a graduate of the University of Alberta.
TERRY WOO is a graduate of University of Waterloo with a BASc. in Engineering and a B.A. in Psychology. He has finished working on a major work of fiction entitled, Banana Boys, during which time he woke up at 3 p.m., ate instant noodles, and wrote like a crazed maniac all the way until 7am in the morning. He is currently geeking out as a technical consultant in New York City.
KENNETH YAP lives in Montréal, where he is a member of l’Association des Illustrateurs et Illustratrices du Québec. He has self-published comics and other writing /art projects in French, English, and Chinese. This year he will be launching the Paper Lantern Comic contest in conjunction with the Asian Canadian Writers Workshop.
PAUL YEE was born in Saskatchewan, grew up in Vancouver, but now lives and writes in Toronto. A well-known historian and community activist, he is the author of numerous award winning books including Saltwater City, Tales of Gold Mountain and Roses Sing on New Snow. Most recently, Yee was named the 1996 Governor General's Award Winner for Children's Literature for his latest book, Ghost Train.
JEAN YOON is a poet, playwright, and theatre artist based in Toronto. Her work has appeared in muae, Fireweed, and what magazine; and, anthologized in Premonitions: The Kaya Anthology of New Asian North American Poetry, Home & Homeland (Rubicon Press) and Beyond the Pale (Playwrights Union of Canada). She recently appeared in Blessings at Tarragon Theatre, and in Beo's Bedroom at Young People's Theatre/Grand Theatre London. She is currently involved with her stage play The Kyopo Trilogy, as well as The Yoko Ono Project (an interdisciplinary work for stage) and is in the process of securing a publisher for her first poetry book, entitled Under a Hostile Moon.
BRAD YUNG is a professional cartoonist living in Vancouver. He contributes regularly to Geist magazine and has self-published a few collections of his own comics and artwork. He has been critically recognized in publications such as Comic Relief Magazine and The Comics Journal.
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