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

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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.

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

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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 Jack and Doris Shadbolt Fellow in the Humanities at Simon Fraser University and she received her PhD in Interdisciplinary Studies at the University of British Columbia Okanagan. Her dissertation, Migrant Ecocritcism: Unbinding Movements and Spaces in Anthologies of Ecopoetry, passed with no revisions. Rina's master’s thesis received the “Outstanding Thesis” Award from the De La Salle University – Manila and 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. The anthology was nominated for the Philippine National Book Award for Best Anthology in English. Her scholarship includes recently published essays in Canadian Literature, 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

 

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 Global South, g u e s t, Environmental History Now, Aster(ix), among others. She is a co-editor of the anthology, Empire and Environment: Ecological Ruin in the Transpacific, with Heidi Amin-Hong, Jeffrey Santa Ana, and Xiaojing Zhou; the book is due for publication with the University of Michigan Press in October 24, 2022. Chua is also the co-diversity officer for the Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment (ASLE), co-editor of The Goose: A Journal of Arts, Environment, and Culture in Canada, and poetry editor for Tiger Moth Review

Recent and Relevant Publications

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