Around the Table: Literary Readings Celebrating Asian Voices

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Around the Table: Literary Readings Celebrating Asian Voices

Join us for an afternoon of literary readings and visual art celebrating the launch of issue 46.1 of Room Magazine.

By Room Magazine

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Sun, Mar 26, 2023 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM PDT


Massy Arts Society 23 East Pender Street Vancouver, BC V6A 1S9 Canada

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Join us to celebrate the launch of Around the Table: Asian Voices!

Join our host and lead editor Michelle Ha in celebrating Around the Table with art and performances from the issue. Browse visiting cover artist Paige Jung's work and listen to Stephanie Lim, Grace Liu, Many Ruthnum, and Jaeyun Yoo read fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry.

"The name “Around the Table” came from the realisation that for a lot of Asian cultures many moments, activities, and memories are done and made around the table. In this sense, I wanted this issue to feel similar to that. The dream for 46.1 has always been about supporting and uplifting the voices of Asian writers and artists, as well as to curate this issue as a platform to showcase the vastness that is the Asian collective... “Around the Table” became a home to these incredibly wonderful, joyful, and vulnerable pieces that share individual experiences for the collective." —Michelle Ha

We are grateful to be coming together again at Massy Arts Society after two years of virtual events, and to welcome guests and readers both virtually and in-person in a hybrid fashion. More accessibility information below. Please note that the Zoom event will be recorded.

This event will take place on the unceded traditional territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. We are thankful to be living, creating, and gathering on this land.


Being of both Filipino and Chinese diasporas, Stephanie Lim is a lifelong learner of colonialism and migration, and how these forces shape our relationships with food, each other, and our own identities. A frequent collaborator and speaker on food justice and food sovereignty projects, she lives in Vancouver, BC.

Grace Liu is a student at the University of British Columbia, where she studies English Literature and spends a lot of her time thinking about languages, metaphors, and culture. Her work can also be found in The Garden Statuary and littledeathlit.

Mandy Ruthnum is a Mauritian-Canadian writer from Vancouver Island. She works as a physician specializing in seniors care, and is a single mother to two sons. She writes both fiction and non fiction and her work has been published in The Fabulist, Persephone's Daughters and The Globe and Mail.

Jaeyun Yoo is a Korean-Canadian poet and psychiatrist living on the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh peoples, also known as Vancouver. A Best of the Net nominee, her work has appeared in Room, Canthius, The /tƐmz/ Review, Prairie Fire, Grain, CV2, and elsewhere. She is a graduate of The Writer’s Studio at Simon Fraser University. She is a member of Harbour Centre 5, a local collective of emerging poets.

Visiting Artists

Paige Jung (she/her) is an illustrator and muralist based in “Vancouver,” Canada. Her work uses bold colours to bridge contemporary with traditional styles; reflective of her finding space and identity as a second-gen immigrant. As a self-taught illustrator, her work has become a vehicle to tell important stories of the Asian diaspora and celebrate Community. Learn more at | @paigejung_


Michelle Ha 何家嘉 is a second-generation Chinese Canadian artist living on the unceded territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓ əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱ wú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ í lwətaʔ / Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. Much of her work in the literary and fine arts world, and in her personal life, revolves around supporting and uplifting the voices of Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour, and the LGBTQIA+ community. You can find her on Instagram @m.jjia, or her digital art @illustby.emi.

Accessibility information:

Registration is sliding scale, open to all, and required for entrance. Massy Arts Society is wheelchair accessible and a gender-neutral washroom is on-site. Please refrain from wearing scents or heavy perfumes. For more on accessibility including parking, seating, venue measurements and floor plan, and more, please visit:

Masks keep our community safe and are mandatory with some exceptions for speakers (N95 masks are recommended as they offer the best protection). If you do not bring your own, one will be provided to you. We ask if you are showing symptoms, that you stay home. Thank you kindly.

Captions will be enabled for the virtual event and projected on the wall at the in-person event.

About the organizer

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Room Magazine

This event is hosted by the West Coast Feminist Literary Magazine Society, a non-profit organization, and publisher of Room Magazine, a quarterly feminist literary journal. 

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