literASIAN: A Festival of Pacific Rim Asian Canadian Writing represents a turning point in the Asian Canadian literary world, a maturation of over eighteen years of hard work. In 1996, an inexperienced ragtag group of writers of Asian descent formed a non-profit society to help fledgling writers who would otherwise be neglected by mainstream publishers to have their voices heard and their words written. The Asian Canadian Writers’ Workshop Society (ACWW) was thus born.
The mission was simple but noble: establish a support network to promote these writers with an inclusive and sensitive environment to produce writing that was personal and representative of their identity. What was initially an activist project matured eighteen years later into a social and cultural fabric of the Canadian literary canon.
Festival Director Jim Wong-Chu with opening remarks to literASIAN 2013.
UBC Learning Exchange Director Kathleen Leahy welcomes audience.
(Organizing Committee of literASIAN 2013: Left to Right – Chris Koch, Kathleen Leahy, Mark Smith, Allan Cho, Jim Wong-Chu, Sid Tan)