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
Find out more about #WRITERSRESIST in Hong Kong by clicking here. Runyu Huang 黃潤宇，青年寫作者，江蘇無錫人，現於香港就讀。寫詩寫文，作品偶見於香港媒體、藝文刊物如《明報·世紀版》、《字花》等。 Akin Jeje, originally from Canada, now lives in Hong Kong. His works have been published and featured in Canada and Hong Kong. His poetry collection Smoked Pearl was a semi-finalist for the 2009 International Proverse Prize, and published by Proverse Hong Kong in 2010. Jeje’s most recent publication was in issue … Continue reading #WRITERSRESIST in Hong Kong — Readers
The Ninth Anniversary Issue of Cha is now available. We would like to thank Associate Editors Arthur Leung (poetry) and Royston Tester (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 issue also features pieces by writers from A-FESTIVAL and Peel Street Poetry. The editorial, … Continue reading Issue #34 of Cha is HERE.
‘Send me a postcard darling. How can I make you understand?’ —Shocking Blue In Chris Marker’s 1982 film, Sans Soleil, the female narrator whom we never see—Alexandra Stewart in the English version—reads, in a simultaneously insistent and soothing voice, fragments of letters from a travelling filmmaker against the backdrop of footage from Japan and Africa, two seemingly contrasting worlds that share some deep resonances. These … Continue reading “You Always Collected Lovely and Violent Things” — ASIAN CHA Issue 34 Editorial