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Rina Garcia Chua (she/her/siya) is a creative and critical scholar from the Philippines who is currently based in unceded tm̓xʷúlaʔxʷ of the syilx / Okanagan peoples. She was a 2022-2023 Jack and Doris Shadbolt Fellow in the Humanities at Simon Fraser University, a 2023 Environmental Humanities Institute Fellow at Dartmouth, and she received her PhD from the University of British Columbia, where she is now a Research Associate in Environmental Humanities and Migrant Ecologies. Rina's 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 (University of Santo Tomas Publishing House, 2018), which was nominated for the Philippine National Book Award for Best Anthology in English, and co-editor of Empire and Environment: Ecological Ruin in the Transpacific (University of Michigan Press, 2022) and Here was Once the Sea: An Anthology of Southeast Asian Ecowriting (University of Hawai'i Press, 2024). Her scholarship includes recently published essays in Canadian Literature, Close Reading in the Anthropocene (Routledge)Environment and Pedagogy in Higher Education (Lexington Books), The Journal of Southeast Asian Ecocriticism, 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, The Hopper, Aster(ix), among others. Chua is also the co-editor of The Goose: A Journal of Arts, Environment, and Culture in Canada and is an Associate Editor of Environmental Humanities and AKDA: The Asian Journal of Literature, Culture, and Performance

Chua's current book manuscript, "Migrant Ecocriticism," develops the framework of a migrant reading practice in environmental anthologies of literary and visual cultures, and she is completing her poetry collection, “A Geography of (Un)Natural Hazards,” which is a visual and poetic response to  which is a visual and poetic response to environmental injustice in migrant and liminal spaces.

Watch Rina perform four of her poems from the in-progress poetry collection, "A Geography of (Un)Natural Hazards," at Word Vancouver 2023.
Explore"Fragmenting the West Coast," Rina's Shadbolt Fellowship Project, in collaboration with the Digital Humanities Innovation Lab at SFU.
Recent and Relevant Publications

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

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