Announcing “Cha Reading Series”

Cha Reading Series takes the online journal out into the physical world. It brings together poets, writers, translators and artists who are in some way or other affiliated with Cha. Readings will take place in various impromptu locations across the city, in public and private rooms, lecture halls, on park benches, in front of billboards, next to a window scratched by tree branches. They will read … Continue reading Announcing “Cha Reading Series”

Preface to Unsleeping Philosophy by Wong Kwok Kui

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

“Writing Hong Kong”—Calling for books and reviewers

We are currently looking for books on or about Hong Kong to review in the “Writing Hong Kong” edition of Cha: An Asian Literary Journal, scheduled for publication in December 2017. We welcome submissions of review copies from publishers, authors and translators. If you have a recent book (2015 – 2017) of any genre about Hong Kong you would like reviewed (and has not yet … Continue reading “Writing Hong Kong”—Calling for books and reviewers

Cha — Call for Submissions — “Writing Hong Kong” Issue (December 2017)

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)

Issue #36 (“Writing Japan” Issue) of Cha is HERE.

. 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.

“On Writing Japan” – ASIAN CHA Issue 36 Editorial

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

Cha International Poetry Prize 2017

  DEADLINE EXTENDED: Thursday 30 November 2017 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 … Continue reading Cha International Poetry Prize 2017

Cha — “Writing Hong Kong” — Calling for Review Copies

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 — “Writing Hong Kong” — Calling for Review Copies

Cha — Call for Submissions — Issue 37 (September 2017)

Cha: An Asian Literary Journal is now calling for submissions for Issue 37, scheduled for publication in September 2017. Please send in (preferably Asian-themed) poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, reviews, photography & art for consideration. Submission guidelines can be found here. Deadline: 30 June 2017. Jenna Le (poetry) and Lo Mei Wa (prose) will act as guest editors and read the submissions with the editors Tamara Ho and Jeff … Continue reading Cha — Call for Submissions — Issue 37 (September 2017)

Issue #35 of Cha is HERE.

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.

“A Secret About a Secret About a Secret” – ASIAN CHA Issue 35 Editorial

  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

Announcement: Collaboration with Voice & Verse Poetry Magazine

We are very happy to announce that selected poems from the ten-year history of Cha: An Asian Literary Journal (November 2007-October 2017) will be published in a special edition of the Hong Kong-based print poetry magazine, Voice & Verse, in December 2017. This collaboration, the first of its kind, celebrates the ten-year anniversary of Cha. The poems are selected from over 800 published in the past decade … Continue reading Announcement: Collaboration with Voice & Verse Poetry Magazine

Melissa De Silva’s “Meeting with the Sea” is a finalist in Best of the Net 2016

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

“Colors” by Scratch Dupree

Let’s talk about colors. I mean everyday colors, the colors of towels and napkins, bowls, plates, and cups. The colors found in all the stores and in everybody’s apartment. I was surprised that my students also described themselves as “yellow” when they clearly weren’t. Except they were. “Yellow” is the English translation of “huang.” Fine and dandy. Except the color Chinese people refer to when … Continue reading “Colors” by Scratch Dupree

#WRITERSRESIST in Hong Kong — Introduction

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

#WRITERSRESIST in Hong Kong — Readers

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

Issue #34 of Cha is HERE.

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.

“You Always Collected Lovely and Violent Things” — ASIAN CHA Issue 34 Editorial

‘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

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