Sat, May 16th, 2015 6:14:12 pm

          FSALA15 took place this weekend at the University of Toronto, and featured authors from around the world meeting to read and discuss literary issues.
          I was intrigued by the "East Asian Panel" which discussed "Is 'Asian-Canadian' a helpful label in terms of the Canadian canon?" 
          Many of my favorite writers addressed the topic, including Denise Chong (The Concubine's Children, Egg on Mao), C Fong Hsiung (The Picture Bride), Madeleine Thien (Uncertainty, Dogs at the Perimeter), Diana Tso (Red Snow), and Terry Watada (The Game of 100 Ghosts, Kuroshio: The Blood of Foxes).  They all spoke frankly and with great feeling, as this was a topic close to the heart.
          Session moderator was Sang Kim, fiction writer, playwright, chef, and restaurateur at Windup Bird Cafe.
          Kudos to Mawenzi House Publishers, one of the driving forces behind this festival.

l. to r.: Madeleine, Diana, and Denise
Sang Kim
C Fong Hsiung
Terry Watada
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