Returns: Author Spotlight – Botao Wu

Botao Wu received his doctoral degree in Language and Literacy Education at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. He has published traditional academic articles and poems in North America and Asia. He is a poet and academic researcher, doing research both creatively and critically. Currently, he is searching for a home, in a non-religious and apolitical way.

Opinions & Notes Title

“A Narrative Inquiry in Search of My Home”


I write about my ordinary life to reconstitute my life, to express my regard for my ancestors, and to search for a home. I explore the notion of home in five dimensions: my actual home, my rented home, my intellectual home, my emotional home, and my spiritual home. This narrative inquiry concludes that a human being’s home is not terrestrial but cosmic and spiritual.


Canadian Literature issue 243, Returns, is available to order through our online store at