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Currents: Ricepaper anthology


Presenting 2016’s best works of poetry, fiction and nonfiction by Asian and Asian Canadian writers published in Ricepaper Magazine.

Edited by Karla Comanda, Leila Lee, and William Tham.

I feel as though my partner, who is herself Asian, is subtly accusing me of racism. I’m embarrassed. I’m just curious, I say. What’s wrong with that?
– Benjamin Hertwig, “An Uncomplicated Whiteness”

“Con không được nói ‘not fair’ nữa. Nói nữa là mẹ đánh đòn.”
You’re not allowed to say “not fair” anymore, she said. Any more and I’ll spank you.
So I stopped.
– Linda Nguyen, “Pre-Elementary, My Dear Monkey”

Light switches guide you through the house. One on, the next off, so that you’re never standing in the dark.
– Emi Kodama, “A Collection Of Rooms”

The ashes fell, scattering over his shadow as he walked through the knotted streets of Tokyo, memories of memories whispered towards the past.
– Aaron Tang, “De Vivre Sa Vie”

“An irregular bite mark flashed on his right shoulder.”
– Dung Kai-Cheung, translated by Nick Stember, “Crooked Teeth”

i heard from my mother that
i must be a complete person
before i can love.
– Lisa Zhang, “the gardener”