While this blog has been quiet since last year, I have been scribbling away, drafting and revising fiction and non-fiction projects. Today, I’m delighted to share some updates about what I have been working on, including new articles and blogposts.
1) How to Offend Someone from China, published by Matador Network
This is my first article for Matador Network. I love travel writing, so I am very grateful for the opportunity to write for Matador Network and hope to write many more articles. Here’s an excerpt:
“Say Japan is better than China
For your personal safety, it’s best you stay out of any discussions about China’s rivalry with Japan. Many of us are still bitter about the Japanese occupation of China during WWII and the government’s refusal to apologize for the Nanjing Massacre. The continuous debates over the Senkaku Islands only add to the dispute. To suggest that Japan is superior will instantly stir patriotic feelings and very angry protests. At the very least, you’ll be treated as an ignorant laowai and be given a three-hour history lesson.”
2) An Interview with Elaine Woo, published by Nineteen Questions
“Elaine Woo is a Vancouver-based poet, librettist, and non-fiction writer. Cycling with the Dragon, her debut poetry collection, was published by Nightwood Editions in 2014 and recently nominated for the George Ryga Award for Social Awareness. Her writing has also appeared in ARC Poetry Magazine, carte blanche, Ricepaper Magazine, Cha: An Asian Literary Journal, and V6A: Writing from Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. Her art song collaboration with Daniel Marshall, “Night-time Symphony,” won a festival prize in Boston Metro Opera’s International Composers’ Competition. She holds a BFA in Creative Writing from UBC and has taught workshops for Megaphone Magazine and the Historic Joy Kagawa House. http://www.elainespath.org
I first met Elaine at the launch of Ricepaper Magazine’s Fall/Winter 2012 special double issue featuring Aboriginal and Asian Canadian writers. We both read at the launch, and since then, I have had the pleasure of listening to her read at many other events. Her writing explores marginalized voices, race, gender, family dynamics, and the creative process with raw emotion and experimental language. I corresponded with Elaine via email to discuss her inspiration, the publication of her first book, and her thoughts on a writer’s social responsibility.”
3) Hipmunk City Love Project
I recently started doing writing work for CopyPress, and have been asked to be a part of the Himpunk City Love Project. I’ll be writing some travel blog posts about cities like London, Edinburgh, and Vancouver. The first one will be posted shortly.
4) A profile article upcoming in The Tyee
I also have an article upcoming in The Tyee. This project is especially close to my heart because of the profile subject and topic, which included extensive interviewing and research. It’s currently scheduled to be a cover story for an upcoming Saturday, and I will share a link once it’s up.