The author and scholar, Rina Garcia Chua, in the Kasugai Japanese Gardens in Kelowna, BC.

Author talk with the Center for Creative Writing and Literary Studies of the University of Santo Tomas, and the UST Publishing House, about "Sustaining the Archipelago." Photo credit to the Varsitarian, 2018.

Reading by Gyro Beach in Kelowna, BC.
Reading by Gyro Beach in Kelowna, BC.

The author and scholar, Rina Garcia Chua, in the Kasugai Japanese Gardens in Kelowna, BC.

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RINA GARCIA CHUA

Rina Garcia Chua is a PhD Candidate in Interdisciplinary Studies at the University of British Columbia Okanagan, where she is completing her dissertation, Migrant Ecocritcism: Unbinding Movements and Spaces in Anthologies of Ecopoetry. Her master’s thesis received the “Outstanding Thesis” Award from the De La Salle University – Manila. She is the editor of the first anthology of Philippine ecopoetry, Sustaining the Archipelago, which was published with the University of Santo Tomas Publishing House last 2018 and was nominated for the Philippine National Book Award for Best Anthology in English. Her scholarship includes recently published essays in Close Reading in the Anthropocene (Routledge), Environment and Pedagogy in Higher Education (Lexington Books), Katipunan, Likhaan, Green Letters – Studies in Ecocriticism, AKDA: The Asian Journal of Literature, Culture, and Performance, Asia-Pacific Social Science Review, Tómas Literary Journal, and Kritika Kultura. Her essay, “Dismantling Disaster, Death, Survival in Philippine Ecopoetry,” has been a required text reading in critical courses in Philippine and American universities.

 

She also published creative works (poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction) in Philippine and international  journals, newspapers, and magazines; her recent creative publications can be read in World Literature Today, The Goose, g u e s t, Environmental History Now, and Aster(ix). In UBC Okanagan, Chua continues to utilize her skills in public speaking and interpersonal relationships by previously serving as the Graduate Community Facilitator, the Graduate Student Representative of Alumni UBC’s Student Leadership Committee, the PhD Student Representative for the Graduate Council (2018-2019), and a Graduate Student Committee Member of the UBC Student Union Okanagan. She is currently co-editing the anthology, Empire and Environment: Confronting Ecological Ruination in the Transpacific, with Heidi Hong, Jeffrey Santa Ana, and Xiaojing Zhou; the book is due for publication with the University of Michigan Press in 2022. Chua is also a member of the Anti-Racist and Equity Work Group (AREWG) of the Association for Literature, Culture and Environment in Canada (ALECC), the Diversity Co-Officer for the Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment (ASLE) and is the Poetry Editor for The Goose: A Journal of Arts, Environment, and Culture in Canada

Recent and Relevant Publications

All photos used in this website are from Rina's personal collection.