Cha — Call for Submissions — “Writing Japan” Issue (June 2017)

Cha: An Asian Literary Journal is now accepting submissions for “Writing Japan,” an edition of the journal devoted to work from and/or about Japan. Our special issue “Writing Japan” encompasses writing from and/or about Japan, broadly imagined. We hope to feature work by Japanese writers and non-Japanese writers writing in relation to Japan, as well as work that challenges fixed ideas about Japanese identity and … Continue reading Cha — Call for Submissions — “Writing Japan” Issue (June 2017)

“On Being Silenced” by Jonathan Mendelsohn

(Picture via.) I think the big problem this country has is being politically correct. I’ve been challenged by so many people and I don’t frankly have time for total political correctness. And to be honest with you this country doesn’t have time either. —Donald Trump I write this piece because I’m scared. So is my wife. My sisters are scared. Terrified, one of them said. … Continue reading “On Being Silenced” by Jonathan Mendelsohn

Cha — Call for Submissions — Issue 35 (March 2017)

Cha: An Asian Literary Journal is now calling for submissions for Issue 35, scheduled for publication in March 2017. Please send in (preferably Asian-themed) poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, reviews, photography & art for consideration. Submission guidelines can be found here. Deadline: 15 December 2016. Ankur Agarawal (poetry) and Michael Gray (prose) will act as guest editors and read the submissions with the editors Tamara Ho and Jeff Zroback. … Continue reading Cha — Call for Submissions — Issue 35 (March 2017)

“Characters Under the Cantonese Umbrella” — ASIAN CHA Issue 33 Editorial

‘The umbrella’s enigma remains unsolved.’ —Jean Baudrillard, Fragments, p. 79. In If On A Winter’s Night A Traveller, Italo Calvino wrote of “this world dense with writing that surrounds us on all sides.” This was an apt description of the experience of having visited the Umbrella Movement protest sites in Hong Kong in 2014. Writing, drawings, signs, symbols could be seen “on all sides.” Much … Continue reading “Characters Under the Cantonese Umbrella” — ASIAN CHA Issue 33 Editorial

“Addiction” — Gerald Dicen

We are happy to announce that six poets have been shortlisted for Cha‘s “Addiction” Poetry Contest. The results will be announced in Issue 33 of the journal, due out in late September 2016. [See other shortlisted poems.] Gerald Dicen’s “Re-apparition” GERALD ON “RE-APPARITION” The first version of my poem “Re-apparition” was comprised of three long stanzas. The idea of it was conceived when I woke up one … Continue reading “Addiction” — Gerald Dicen

“Addiction” — Sithuraj Ponraj

We are happy to announce that six poets have been shortlisted for Cha‘s “Addiction” Poetry Contest. The results will be announced in Issue 33 of the journal, due out in late September 2016. [See other shortlisted poems.] Sithuraj Ponraj’s “Ravana” SITHURAJ ON “RAVANA” My poem “Ravana” is about the character of the same name in the Indian epic Ramayana. Ravana of ten heads lusts after Rama’s … Continue reading “Addiction” — Sithuraj Ponraj

“Addiction” — Ankush Banerjee

We are happy to announce that six poets have been shortlisted for Cha‘s “Addiction” Poetry Contest. The results will be announced in Issue 33 of the journal, due out in late September 2016. [See other shortlisted poems.] Ankush Banerjee’s “Grandmother Wouldn’t Be The Last” [Editors’ note: This is the winner of Second Prize in the “Addiction” Poetry Contest. You can read the poem here.] ANKUSH ON … Continue reading “Addiction” — Ankush Banerjee

“Addiction” — Michelle Robin La

We are happy to announce that six poets have been shortlisted for Cha‘s “Addiction” Poetry Contest. The results will be announced in Issue 33 of the journal, due out in late September 2016. [See other shortlisted poems.] Michelle Robin La’s “Smoking a Pot of Gold” MICHELLE ON “SMOKING A POT OF GOLD” My husband’s mother struggled to raise ten children in Vietnam while caring for her … Continue reading “Addiction” — Michelle Robin La

“Addiction” — Atar Hadari

We are happy to announce that six poets have been shortlisted for Cha‘s “Addiction” Poetry Contest. The results will be announced in Issue 33 of the journal, due out in late September 2016. [See other shortlisted poems.] Atar Hadari’s “Greasepaint” ATAR ON “GREASEPAINT” “Greasepaint” is my memoir of several summers spent acting in summer-stock in Utah and Matha’s Vineyard. It’s also a view of one expensive and … Continue reading “Addiction” — Atar Hadari

“Addiction” — Meg Eden

We are happy to announce that six poets have been shortlisted for Cha‘s “Addiction” Poetry Contest. The results will be announced in Issue 33 of the journal, due out in late September 2016. [See other shortlisted poems.] Meg Eden’s “Buru-sera” MEG ON “BURU-SERA” When I learned about the buru-sera addiction, I tried to understand what the appeal was—and why grown men would find hope and arousal in … Continue reading “Addiction” — Meg Eden