We are thrilled to announce the arrival of Canadian Literature, Issue 244, Returns.
Christine Kim writes in her editorial:
The shootings and their aftermath have produced much anger, sorrow, and frustration in Asian American and Asian Canadian communities, and led to an outpouring of questions being asked on social media, in newspapers and magazines, at rallies, in private and public conversations: if the deliberate targeting of Asian-run spas and the murders of six Asian women who worked in them do not constitute a hate crime, then what does? What does this say about the law’s persistent inability to protect those who need protection? How do we understand these murders in relation to the sharply escalating cases of anti-Asian racism that have been taking place across Canada and the US during the pandemic? I want to centre these women as I reflect upon these questions. But in order to think about what it means to grieve their untimely deaths, we need to first recognize their lives. So, in the aftermath of the shootings, I find myself wrestling with the question of how we tell the stories of what happened to these women. What contexts inform our individual and collective understandings of these losses?
– Christine Kim, “On Disposability and a ‘Desire for Life’”
This issue also features:
- Articles by Nicole Go, Dougal McNeill, Emma Lansdowne, Morgan Cohen, Keah Hansen, and Daniela Janes
- A forum on Eternity Martis’ They Said This Would Be Fun: Race, Campus Life, and Growing Up and Samra Habib’s We Have Always Been Here: A Queer Muslim Memoir by Sonja Boon, Laurie McNeill, Julie Rak, and Candida Rifkind
- Poetry by Russell Thornton, David Martin, Stephen Bett, Chantel Lavoie, Ayo Okikiolu, and Ulrike Narwani
- Reviews by Stephanie Burt, Alison Calder, Joel Deshaye, Jessica MacEachern, Catherine Rainwater, Robert Thacker, and Carl Watts
The new issue can be ordered through our online store. Happy reading!