RINA GARCIA CHUA
Rina Garcia Chua is a PhD Candidate in Interdisciplinary Studies at the University of British Columbia Okanagan, where she is pursuing a project on "The Ecological Literacy of a Migrant Ecocriticism," which is a cross-cultural analysis of ecological poetry from Canada and the Philippines that aims to provide a literacy that traces transnational knowledges of identity, environments, and ecologies in poetry to migrant, settler, and indigenous citizenships. 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 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 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, 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, and the PhD Student Representative for the Graduate Council. She is currently co-editing the anthology, "Empire and Environment: Confronting Ecological Ruination in the Americas and Asia-Pacific" with Heidi Hong, Jeffrey Santa Ana, and Xiaojing Zhou; the book is due for publication with the University of Michigan Press in 2021. Chua is also 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.
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