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
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)
. 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.
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
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
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.
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
We are very happy to announce that selected poems from the ten-year history of Cha: An Asian Literary Journal (2007-2017) will be included in a special section in the December 2017 issue of the Hong Kong-based print poetry magazine, Voice & Verse. This collaboration, the first of its kind, celebrates the ten-year anniversary of Cha. The poems selected will be the editors’ favourites from the past ten years, … Continue reading Announcement: Collaboration with Voice & Verse Poetry Magazine
We are pleased to announce that Melissa De Silva’s “Meeting with the Sea”, first published in the June 2016 issue of Cha: An Asian Literary Journal, is a finalist of Best of the Net 2016. You can read “Meeting with the Sea” here. Melissa De Silva has enjoyed a career in magazine journalism in Singapore. She has had short stories published in The Wilderness House Literary … Continue reading Melissa De Silva’s “Meeting with the Sea” is a finalist in Best of the Net 2016
Writers Resist in Hong Kong | Sunday 15 January 2017 Tammy Ho Lai-Ming Good afternoon to you all and thank you for coming. This reading, co-organised by Cha: An Asian Literary Journal and Voice & Verse Poetry Magazine, is part of the global #WRITERSRESIST initiative, which is taking place all over the United States, as well as in London, Amsterdam, Berlin, Zurich, Vancouver, and in Hong … Continue reading #WRITERSRESIST in Hong Kong — Introduction