Preface to Unsleeping Philosophy by Wong Kwok Kui

The Hong Kong academic Wong Kwok Kui’s preface to the philosophy book Unsleeping Philosophy (Commercial Press, 2017) was removed after he refused to amend a passage referencing the Umbrella Movement (Hong Kong Free Press). Here, Cha presents the censored preface, below, translated into English by Chris Song, along with Wong’s Chinese original. (NOTE: Please do not reproduce the text—Chinese or English—without permission.) Preface to Unsleeping … Continue reading Preface to Unsleeping Philosophy by Wong Kwok Kui

“Writing Hong Kong”—Calling for books and reviewers

We are currently looking for books on or about Hong Kong to review in the “Writing Hong Kong” edition of Cha: An Asian Literary Journal, scheduled for publication in December 2017. We welcome submissions of review copies from publishers, authors and translators. If you have a recent book (2015 – 2017) of any genre about Hong Kong you would like reviewed (and has not yet … Continue reading “Writing Hong Kong”—Calling for books and reviewers

Cha — Call for Submissions — “Writing Hong Kong” Issue (December 2017)

As most readers of Cha: An Asian Literary Journal will know, 1 July 2017 will mark the 20th anniversary of Hong Kong’s handover to China. This year also happens to be the tenth anniversary of our publication. And so while we are immensely proud of the work from and about Asia we normally publish, we felt that to commemorate these two events it was time … Continue reading Cha — Call for Submissions — “Writing Hong Kong” Issue (December 2017)

Issue #36 (“Writing Japan” Issue) of Cha is HERE.

. The “Writing Japan” Issue of Cha is now available. We would like to thank James Shea and Kyoko Yoshida for reading the submissions with us and helping us put together ​the new edition. We would also like to thank Eddie Tay for another great selection of reviews. The editorial, “On Writing Japan,” is by Shea and Yoshida. The following writers/artists have generously allowed us … Continue reading Issue #36 (“Writing Japan” Issue) of Cha is HERE.

“On Writing Japan” – ASIAN CHA Issue 36 Editorial

One of the pleasures of putting together this issue was seeing the rich interpretation of our theme. “Writing Japan” is not simply a matter of a Japanese writer in Japan writing in Japanese for a Japanese audience. Its scope is much more complex, as evidenced by the writers we’ve included. Nori Nakagami, for example, was born in Japan, but attended high school and university in … Continue reading “On Writing Japan” – ASIAN CHA Issue 36 Editorial

Cha International Poetry Prize 2017

To celebrate the tenth anniversary issue of Cha and to mark the twentieth anniversary of Hong Kong’s handover, we are hosting Cha International Poetry Prize 2017, in collaboration with PEN Hong Kong. The competition is open to ALL poets. Thanks to several generous sponsors from the Asia-Pacific region, including the NINJA! Arts Grant, we are able to offer a total prize money of US$3201 (First Prize US$1501; … Continue reading Cha International Poetry Prize 2017

Cha — “Writing Hong Kong” — Calling for Review Copies

As most readers of Cha: An Asian Literary Journal will know, 1 July 2017 will mark the 20th anniversary of Hong Kong’s handover to China. This year also happens to be the tenth anniversary of our publication. And so while we are immensely proud of the work from and about Asia we normally publish, we felt that to commemorate these two events it was time … Continue reading Cha — “Writing Hong Kong” — Calling for Review Copies

Cha — Call for Submissions — Issue 37 (September 2017)

Cha: An Asian Literary Journal is now calling for submissions for Issue 37, scheduled for publication in September 2017. Please send in (preferably Asian-themed) poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, reviews, photography & art for consideration. Submission guidelines can be found here. Deadline: 30 June 2017. Jenna Le (poetry) and Lo Mei Wa (prose) will act as guest editors and read the submissions with the editors Tamara Ho and Jeff … Continue reading Cha — Call for Submissions — Issue 37 (September 2017)

Issue #35 of Cha is HERE.

Issue 35 of Cha is now available. We would like to thank Ankur Agarwal (poetry) and Michael Gray (prose) for reading the submissions with us and helping us put together the new edition. We would also like to thank Eddie Tay for the fine selection of book reviews. The editorial, “A Secret About A Secret About A Secret,” is by Tammy Ho Lai-Ming. . The following … Continue reading Issue #35 of Cha is HERE.

“A Secret About a Secret About a Secret” – ASIAN CHA Issue 35 Editorial

  Jo Shapcott’s poem “Myself Photographed” begins with an affirmative statement: “So this is me.” This line draws our attention to the subject of the photograph, although it does so with a slightly wry, or perhaps uncertain, tone provided by the word “So.” The next line, “In the field after we got lost,” continues this tone, and from there onwards, the poem reveals a subject … Continue reading “A Secret About a Secret About a Secret” – ASIAN CHA Issue 35 Editorial