Monday, 28 March 2016

Issue 31 of Cha is HERE.

We are very pleased to announce that Issue​ 31​ of Cha is now available. We would like to thank guest editors Jason S Polley (poetry) and Sreedhevi Iyer (prose) for reading the submissions with us and helping us put together ​the edition. We would also like to thank Eddie Tay for the fine selection of book reviews. The issue also ​features an editorial entitled "​Peculiar Imperatives" by Tammy Ho Lai-Ming.

The following writers/artists have generously allowed us to showcase their work:

 Poetry: Mang Ke​,​ Lucas Klein​, ​Andrea Lingenfelter​,​ DeWitt Clinton, Shuli de la Fuente-Lau​, ​Lian-Hee Wee​,​ Luisa A. Igloria​, ​Jason Wee​, Miho Kinnas​, Ariel Francisco​, David Farrah​, Mantz Yorke​, Karen An-hwei Lee​, Kate Rogers​, Matthew James Friday​, Kerong Chen

Fiction:​ Raphael Chim​, Douglas Penick, Bashir Sakhawarz

Creative non-fiction: ​ ​Elisa Jay

Interview: Jhilam Chattaraj

Photography & art: Chak (​cover artist),​ Shara K. Johnson, Jia Dong

Reviews: Lucas Klein​, Michael Tsang​, Grant Hamilton​, Karen Ma, Kathy Wong​, Kerri Lu, Collier Nogues​, See Tshiung Han​, William Noseworthy

Our next issue i​s scheduled for publication in June 2016. We are currently accepting submissions for Issue 33, due out in September 2016. If you are interested in having your work considered for inclusion in Cha, please read our submission guidelines carefully.


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Wednesday, 23 March 2016

"Peculiar Imperatives" — ASIAN CHA Issue 31 Editorial



I am a proud, obsessive aunt. I ask my sisters to tag me whenever they post pictures and videos of my niece and nephew on Facebook. These are the notifications I love to receive the most. I play the videos over and over and I often have a few pictures of my little relatives open on my laptop when I am preparing for a lecture, agonising over research or reading Cha submissions.

My favourite picture of the past few weeks is one of my niece wearing a red top that I bought her for Lunar New Year. She's smiling and looking contentedly at an empty rice bowl. The bowl, bigger than her head, is made of plastic and has several traditional Chinese characters on it. Three jubilant bunnies dance on her blue bib. Like her "Big Aunt Mother" 大姨媽 (me!) her eyebrows are thick and well-shaped, while her hair is dark, sleek.

I am infatuated by that utterly sweet, satisfied smile on her face. Why is she so happy holding an empty bowl? What is the secret? What is on her mind?

I wish I could be happy so easily.

Instead, I find myself gloomier and more sullen by the month, by the week, by the day. I sometimes get annoyed at the smallest things. I sometimes really do not want to smile at people. Sometimes, on the worst days, I carry a face that announces "I am not impressed" wherever I go. I think it is not an exaggeration to say that I project a negative aura which wipes out the joy of others. This is partly why I worry about going to public events or being in a crowd. I'll only murder your happiness!

But that doesn't mean that I am down or bitchy all the time. I do appreciate minor amusements and there are many moments when I suddenly realise that I am contented, that I have been engrossed by something I am reading or a face in front of me. That life, after all, does not have to be an aggressive trial of the spirit. No longer looking for constant excitement and laughter, these little moments sustain my days—a moderate rather than a gluttonous diet.

Looking at the picture of my niece, I hope she can remain this innocent, this happy, for many years to come. One day, she will learn that she has to put food in the bowl herself and that those who love her however deeply can’t give her everything that she needs. But most importantly, I hope she will learn to be able to just let "The hours flow… amiable, carefree, almost happy."* 

Tammy Ho Lai-Ming / Co-editor
Cha
23 March 2016
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*Claudio Magris, Microcosms (translated from the Italian by Iain Halliday), p. 12.
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Monday, 21 March 2016

Cha — Call for Submissions — Issue 33 (September 2016)

due out in September 2016.
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http://www.asiancha.com


Cha: An Asian Literary Journal
is now calling for submissions for Issue 33, scheduled for publication in September 2016.

Please send in (preferably Asian-themed) poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, reviews, photography & art for consideration. Submission guidelines can be found here. Deadline: 15 June 2016.
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Dorothy Chan (poetry) and Reid Mitchell (prose) will act as guest editors and read the submissions with the editors Tamara Ho and Jeff Zroback. Please contact Reviews Editor Eddie Tay at eddie@asiancha.com if you want to review a book or have a book reviewed in the journal. (Please note that we're working with a 2-3 issue backlog with reviews. 

We are also accepting submissions of poetry on the theme of "Distance" for a special section in the June 2016 Issue of Cha. Deadline: 1 May 2016.
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We love returning contributors - past contributors are very welcome to send us their new works.

If you have any questions, please feel free to write to any of the Cha staff at editors@asiancha.com.-



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Tuesday, 9 February 2016

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: Poems on the theme of “Distance” for the June 2016 issue of Cha



http://www.asiancha.com

In collaboration with Health in Action, a Hong Kong charity that promotes community health and wellbeing through the empowerment of the underprivileged, Cha is publishing a special section of poetry on the theme of “Distance” in its June 2016 issue.

The publication of the special section will coincide with Health in Action’s Refugee Week Art Movement (week of 20 June 2016) to raise awareness for asylum seekers and refugees in Hong Kong. (Note: 20 June 2016 is World Refugee Day.)

Please send your submissions (no more than three previously unpublished poems) to t@asiancha.com by 1 May 2016. Subject line: "Distance—Your Name". The editors of the section are Cha’s co-editor Tammy Ho Lai-Ming and consulting editor Reid Mitchell.

Writers (particularly those in Hong Kong) who are interested in collaborating with refugees can also contact us for more information. 


Monday, 28 December 2015

Cha's nomination for Best Small Fictions anthology

http://www.asiancha.com/content/view/2019/490/

Cha has nominated Henry Wei Leung's short fiction "Getting There", published in the March 2015 issue, for inclusion in the Queen's Ferry Press anthology, The Best Small Fictions 2016, which seeks flash of 1000 words or fewer published in 2015.


We are bulbous and abundant and may one day find a form in language for eternal presence. I teach my students in Hong Kong to write wish poems using the subjunctive the conditional the retrospective but this is wrong, this is corrected English and is wrong for them. They write their wishes into the same present tense as the wishing itself. (I wish my mom is a magician.) (I wish I have a silly sister.) (I wish people don't think I'm weird.) The wish is desired and is.

To read the whole piece, please visit here. We thank the editors of Queen's Ferry Press for the invitation to nominate work and we wish Henry the best of luck!

Cha — Call for Submissions — Issue 32 (June 2016)

due out in June 2016.
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Cha: An Asian Literary Journal
is now calling for submissions for Issue 32, scheduled for publication in June 2016.

Please send in (preferably Asian-themed) poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, reviews, photography & art for consideration. Submission guidelines can be found here. Deadline: 15 March 2016.
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B.B.P. Hosmillo (poetry) and Mag Tan (prose) will act as guest editors and read the submissions with the editors Tamara Ho and Jeff Zroback. Please contact Reviews Editor Eddie Tay at eddie@asiancha.com if you want to review a book or have a book reviewed in the journal. (Please note that we're working with a 2-3 issue backlog with reviews.)
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We love returning contributors - past contributors are very welcome to send us their new works.

If you have any questions, please feel free to write to any of the Cha staff at editors@asiancha.com.-



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Thursday, 24 December 2015

The Eighth Anniversary Issue of Cha is HERE.


http://www.asiancha.com


The Eighth Anniversary Issue of Cha is here. We would like to thank guest editors Arthur Leung (poetry) and Royston Tester (prose) for reading the submissions with us and helping us put together yet another anniversary edition. We would also like to thank Eddie Tay for the fine selection of book reviews and Jason Eng Hun Lee for co-judging (with Tammy Ho Lai-Ming) Cha's "Hong Kong" Poetry Contest and writing a commentary. The issue also includes finalists of Peel Street Poetry Slam Contest 2015.

The editorial, entitled "Eight Years, Eight Lessons", is by Tammy Ho Lai-Ming.

The following writers/artists have generously allowed us to showcase their work:

 Poetry: Michael Tsang, Tegan Smyth, Reid Mitchell, James Shea, Jason S Polley, Jennifer Feeley, B.B.P. Hosmillo, Michael Carlo C. Villas, Matthew James Friday, Christian Benitez, Rey Escobar, Charlotte San Juan
Hong Kong Contest: May Huang, Mantz Yorke, Janice Ko Luo, Piera Chen, Boris But
Peel Street Poetry: Henrik Hoeg (introduction), Keisha Siriboe, Blair Reeve, Denis Tsoi, Megan Hills
Fiction: Bashir Sakhawarz, Lily C. Fen
Creative non-fiction: Rose Draper, Nicky Harman
Lost Tea: Travis Lee
Photography & art: Suzanne Lai (cover artist), Chris Song, Sanchita Chatterjee
Reviews: Austin Long, Michael Tsang, Kerri Lu, Shiqin Chen, Lia Dun, William Noseworthy, Dragoș Ilca, Flora Mak

Our next issue is scheduled for publication in March 2016. We are currently accepting submissions for the June 2016 issue. If you are interested in having your work considered for inclusion in Cha, please read our submission guidelines carefully.
 

"Eight Years, Eight Lessons" — ASIAN CHA Issue 30 Editorial

http://www.asiancha.com

Thank you for joining us for our Eighth Anniversary Issue. I am not sure that neither my co-editor Jeff Zroback nor I would have imagined at the beginning that Cha would have lasted this long.

But here we are.

When we started, we knew very little about running a journal, and to be frank, we still have a lot to learn.

Even the slowest student will pick up a few lessons in eight years—in my case, it has been about one a year.

1. Without hard work—especially that of your editors, writers, artists and webmaster—you would have long ago ended up an abandoned page on a forgotten server. But, on this of all anniversaries, you must also admit that it has taken a lot of good luck too.

2. As much as you would like to think that you are still a start-up, after eight years online, you need to admit that in Internet years you are decidedly middle-aged.

3. There are three ways of coping with rude emails.

4. You will be happy every time you hear about a past contributor's success. Sometimes you might even congratulate yourself for having spotted their talent.

5. As soon as you put out an issue, you will start worrying about the next one …

6. even though you know it will come out just fine.

7. As much as you may complain, you find deep satisfaction in the work—even dealing with rude emails.

8. You know that, like most things in life, your efforts will be fleeting and one day may end up on a forgotten sever. But you also know that you are not ready for that day yet.

Thank you so much for having been with us for the past eight years. I hope you will stay with us and help our fleeting efforts last many more.

Tammy Ho Lai-Ming / Co-editor
Cha
24 December 2015

Saturday, 19 September 2015

Cha — Call for Submissions — Issue 31 (March 2016)

due out in March 2016.
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http://www.asiancha.com


Cha: An Asian Literary Journal
is now calling for submissions for Issue 31, scheduled for publication in March 2016.

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 2015.
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Jason S Polley (poetry) and Sreedhevi Iyer (prose) will act as guest editors and read the submissions with the editors Tamara Ho and Jeff Zroback. Please contact Reviews Editor Eddie Tay at eddie@asiancha.com if you want to review a book or have a book reviewed in the journal.
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We love returning contributors - past contributors are very welcome to send us their new works.

If you have any questions, please feel free to write to any of the Cha staff at editors@asiancha.com.-



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Thursday, 6 August 2015

CHA's Best of the Net 2015 Nominations


http://www.asiancha.com

We are happy to announce that the following pieces, selected from the September 2014, December 2014, March 2015 and June 2015 issues of Cha: An Asian Literary Journal, have been nominated by us for inclusion in Best of the Net Anthology 2015 (published by Sundress). Congratulations to these writers and good luck!


P  O  E  T  R  Y
|| "Blackout" by Jeffrey Javier (December 2014) (Cha "Reconciliation" Poetry Contest Winner)


F  I  C  T  I  O  N
|| "Kehena Beach" by Thaddeus Rutkowski (December 2014)
|| "Glory Be To The Father" by Kyra Ballesteros (March 2015)



N  O  N  -  F  I  C  T  I  O  N
|| "Intersection of Time" by Dwight Watson (June 2015)


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Monday, 29 June 2015

Cha "Hong Kong" Poetry Contest






Hong Kong

A Cha Poetry contest




This December, Cha: An Asian Literary Journal will turn eight years old. To mark the occasion, we are running a poetry contest that focuses unashamedly on the city that the journal calls home—Hong Kong. Send us poems that describe, praise, critique, interrogate, eulogise or curse Hong Kong and its history, grievances, politics, people, places, faces, traces.

Rules:
  • Each poet can submit up to two poems (no more than 80 lines long each).
  • Poems must be previously unpublished
  • Entry is free.
Closing date:
  • 31 July 2015
Prizes:
  • First: £50, Second: £30, Third: £15, Highly Commended (up to 5): £10 each. (Payable through Paypal.)
  • All winning poems (including the highly recommended ones) will receive first publication in a special section in the Eighth Anniversary Issue of Cha, due out in December 2015.
The prizes were generously donated by an anonymous patron who loves Hong Kong.
Submission:
  • Submissions should be sent to t@asiancha.com with the subject line "Hong Kong".
  • Poems must be sent in the body of the email.
  • Please also include a short biography of no more than 30 words.
Previous Cha contests:



Sunday, 21 June 2015

"Please Do Not Film Me" — ASIAN CHA Issue#28 Editorial



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PLEASE DO NOT FILM ME

In May this year, I was fortunate enough to be invited by poet Ricardo de Ungria to be a foreign panellist on the second week of the 54th Silliman University National Writers Workshop in Dumaguete, the Philippines. The workshop is the oldest of its kind in Asia, and I cannot say strongly enough how much I enjoyed the experience, and how welcomed, taken care of and intellectually stimulated I felt while I was there. My co-panellists César Ruiz Aquino, Patricia Evangelista and Eliza Victoria also constantly impressed me with their knowledge, wit and humility.

There was one little episode, however, that discomfited me. During my one-week stay, apart from the daily workshops in which we discussed pieces written by the very talented poetry, fiction and creative non-fiction fellows, I also gave a lecture titled "Ghosts in the Machine: Photographs and Poems." When I walked into the room in the Silliman University library where my talk was taking place, the first thing I noticed was the video cameras. I froze. I panicked. I then entreated Rina Fernandez and Philip Van Peel, staff at the English Department of the university, not to film the talk. They very kindly indulged my irrational request.

You see, I have a condition. I have a physical revulsion of video cameras when I know that I am their subject, target, victim. There have been a few rare exceptions, but as a general rule, the thought of another me captured on film and alive—talking, smiling, sulking, moving around and breathing—makes me nervous, frightens me even. I assume it must have something to do with movement and sound as I am more or less fine with having my photograph taken. But I find terrifying the thought of more Tammy Hos out there, on repeat, having escaped the frame, moving in secret, finding new audiences, talking in my voice but completely unable to hear my wishes. Do they know they are merely copies of me, inferior but forever younger? Do they know I want them deleted?

I have had this psychological inhibition for quite a while, and I have previously declined commercial opportunities when I was asked to talk in front of a camera. I have been flattered by the invitations and mildly tempted by the financial rewards. But thanks, no thanks. Other times, I have tried to avoid the camera, only to find it was avoiding me. Once at Hong Kong Baptist University, just before the start of a short story prize-giving ceremony (I was one of the three judges), I asked the technician not to film me while I was giving my short speech, only for him to retort that the video cameras were for the keynote speaker (emphasis his). I was more relieved than embarrassed. I relate this story often, not only to amuse others but to remind myself that I am not that important.

In his description of John Berger's 1972 BBC miniseries Ways of Seeing, the critic Oliver Preston writes: 
I prefer the pleasures of the moving image, not least of which is Berger himself: his wide eyes, his unerringly grave gestures of address, his haircut. […] In a favourite scene, a gaggle of schoolchildren crowd around an image of Caravaggio's Supper at Emmaus, speaking over one another, calling out their interpretations of the painting's central figure. Berger, sitting among them, grave as ever, inclines his shaggy head and listens. (Paris Review)
I prefer the pleasures of the moving image too, but of others, not of myself.

I sometimes worry that my reluctance to be filmed could limit me in a world saturated with moving images, may stop people from inviting me to give lectures, talks, seminars or make public appearances. But then I remind myself not to get carried away, not to worry about problems that haven't occurred yet, to keep things in perspective. The future's not ours to see; video is for the keynote speaker. 

A photograph, still, thankfully, of me from Dumaguete, listening to a question put to me by an audience member. My head leans a little forward. I am not grave at all. (Photograph by Sha'ianne Molas Lawas)
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Tammy Ho Lai-Ming / Co-editor
Cha
21 June 2015


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Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Cha - Call for Submissions - Eighth Anniversary Issue (December 2015)

due out in December 2015.
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Cha: An Asian Literary Journal
is now calling for submissions for the Eighth Anniversary Issue, scheduled for publication in December 2015.

Please send in (preferably Asian-themed) poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, reviews, photography & art for consideration. Submission guidelines can be found here. Deadline: 15 September 2015.
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Arthur Leung (poetry) and Royston Tester (prose) will act as guest editors and read the submissions with the editors Tamara Ho and Jeff Zroback. Please contact Reviews Editor Eddie Tay at eddie@asiancha.com if you want to review a book or have a book reviewed in the journal.
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We love returning contributors - past contributors are very welcome to send us their new works.

If you have any questions, please feel free to write to any of the Cha staff at editors@asiancha.com.-



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Wednesday, 22 April 2015

An invitation to the launch of Cha co-editor Tammy Ho's Hula Hooping




Hula Hooping

chameleon press
and Tammy Ho Lai-Ming
invite you to a reception for the launch of
Hula Hooping, her first collection of poetry.
Tuesday 28 April, 6:30-8:00pm
(announcements at 7:00pm)

Karin Weber Gallery
20 Aberdeen Street, Central





Saturday, 11 April 2015

The March 2015 Issue of Cha is HERE.




http://www.asiancha.com 


The March 2015 Issue of Cha is HERE


The delayed March 2015 Issue of Cha is here. We would like to thank guest editors Dorothy Chan (poetry) and David Raphael Israel (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 and Vinita Agrawal for reading the contest poems and writing a commentary. The issue includes an editorial titled "A Wintry Hypothesis" by Tammy Ho Lai-Ming.

The following writers/artists have generously allowed us to showcase their work:

The Other Side Poetry: Xi Xi, Jennifer Feeley, Lian-Hee Wee, Louise Ho, Ting Wei Tai, Stephen Cloud, Joshua Burns, Michael Gray, Deborah Guzzi, Martin Kovan 
"The Other Side" poetry contest winners: Arian Tejano, Arup K Chatterjee, B.B.P. Hosmillo, Lachlan Brown, Ken Jackson, Aditi Rao, Brian Ng, Carissa Ma
Fiction: Henry Wei Leung, Kyra Ballesteros, Charles Hayes, Fatima Lim-Wilson 
Creative non-fiction: Christopher Hill
Photography & art: Eddie Tay, Edgar Yuanbo Mao (cover artist), John Fredricks
Reviews: Elen Turner, Alice Tsay, Chloe Li, Arielle Stambler, Emily Chow  

Our next issue, Issue 28, will be published in June 2015. We are currently accepting submissions for Issue 29, scheduled for September 2015. If you are interested in having your work considered for inclusion in Cha, please read our submission guidelines carefully.


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