RINA GARCIA CHUA: SEPTEMBER 2020 SCHOLAR OF THE MONTH
A feature by ASLE
"Typhoon Ondoy (Ketsana) quickly inundated our streets and swallowed the whole metro within hours. Unfortunately, I was still in the university at that time and had to walk, swim, wade, run through and into the floods for five hours so I could get home. I remember distinctly thinking – exhausted and functioning on adrenaline – as I walked through traffic lights blinking blue, What else can I do? I can survive, yes, but after this, what else? I needed my scholarship to be my activism – for my research to be the remembrance of that evening wading in the flood, and for the remembrance of those who were lost and continued to be lost to these calamities. I also desired my scholarship to marry the “north” and “south” places with me: the memories of my childhood and the flashes of my city in ruins."
CONNECTING CULTURES, CONNECTING PEOPLE: RECOMMENDATIONS FROM ASLE LEADERSHIP
A feature by ASLE
How does this give someone like me, an immigrant mother, comfort? Poetry has always soothed me and has always been the wave of truth I’ve clung to. Yet, a collection like Kathy’s tells me that despite everything else we are going through at the moment in our own collective experience, there is a space for all our emotions – for grieving, for happiness, for love, for anger, and, most importantly, for hope. In the second version of “Basket,” Kathy writes, I fell asleep / dreamt / my words / were / a current / flowing / to greet you. I think about these words a lot as I continue to regroup my plans to reunite with my daughter. I’m not sure when it will be safe enough for me to cross the Pacific Ocean once more, but I take solace in both the certainties and uncertainties of the future. There will be that moment for a reunion and for our lives to once again begin together in this land, but, for now, I allow myself to hope. That is the strongest current that ebbs through me every day, and it keeps me flowing.
PEOPLE OF UBC
A feature by UBC
Interested in the spaces that people create as migrants. Writer, ecocritic, volunteer, teacher. Loves the ocean, dog kisses, cat rubs and hammy squeaks.
A Graduate's Path
A feature by UBC Okanagan
"Each new program created presents a unique opportunity for students to make history. When UBC created the Public Humanities Hub, Rina Garcia Chua was the first research assistant to be hired to support an Okanagan hub, while Mohsen Zardadi and John Perrott count themselves among the first to graduate from the newly-developed Master of Data Science (MDS) and Master of Management programs. In spring 2020, Perrott will also take part in the first graduation ceremony at UBC to be delivered completely online."
UBC graduate student advocates for summer tuition waiver
Article and Interview with CBC
"A PhD student at the University of British Columbia Okanagan is asking for summer tuition to be waived for graduate students due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Like many universities across the country, UBC announced in mid-March it would be moving classes online for the rest of the semester and non-essential research would be curtailed until the end of April.
Rina Garcia Chua, an international student from the Phillippines, says the move has disrupted research and project timelines for many graduate students, as well as on-campus employment and child care.
She says the last few weeks have been stressful.
"And it's not just me. All my colleagues," Chua told host Sarah Penton on CBC's Radio West."
Author calls for ecocriticism elective
News by The Varsitarian
"A UST Publishing House (USTPH) author said the University must include ecocriticism, or the interdisciplinary study of literature and environment, among electives in the college curriculum.
“[I]t’s about time… UST has the tools, resources and people to do it. I feel that students will be interested to read on it,” Rina Garcia Chua said during a book discussion at the UST Center for Creative Writing and Literary Studies (CCWLS) on Friday."
Acts of Kindness
A feature by UBC Okanagan
"Chua agrees. She says she’s happy to be shovelling out horse stalls because volunteering gives her a sense of well-being.
“It’s fun to do because you feel like you are part of a community,” says Chua serenely.
The fulfillment Chua experiences from volunteering is not just a feeling. It’s a well-researched phenomenon. According to Holli-Anne Passmore, a UBCO psychology instructor and PhD candidate, people who volunteer have higher levels of life satisfaction and meaning in their life.
“The essence of meaning is connectedness. When you volunteer, you are connecting yourself to something that is bigger than just you,” says Passmore, who teaches courses such as Positive Psychology and Psychology of Meaning in Life."
In Focus: Rina Garcia Chua
A feature by Kelowna Now
"Meet Rina Garcia Chua. Rina is originally from the Philippines but has lived in Kelowna for three years now. She loves to hang with her family and work at that Ph.D."
Panalangin Para sa Pinatay ni Marcos
A feature on Dr. Dada Docot's blog
"Co-written by UBC poets Karla Lenina Comanda (UBC Main) and Rina Garcia Chua (UBC Okanagan), the “Padasal” is a reformulation of the prayers recited and performed in the Philippines to honour the departed. But the late dictator is not among our beloved, and the UBC PSS firmly believes that he does not deserve to be laid to rest with the rest of the Philippines’ real heroes. Therefore, in the case of the “Padasal,” the ills and excesses of the Marcoses are recited, while the names and courage of those killed, tortured to death, and disappeared, during the Martial Law period in the Philippines are repeatedly invoked. By remembering the names of the martyrs of Martial Law, we seek to re-inscribe into our memory the sacrficies they have done, so that our will for action may be strengthened and our commitment to continue the struggle be re-affirmed."
Philippine Ecopoetry and Climate Change
Rina Garcia Chua on Sustaining the Archipelago, by Kristine Muslim Ong
"Rina Garcia Chua is the editor of Sustaining the Archipelago: An Anthology of Philippine Ecopoetry, the first-ever ecopoetics anthology in the Philippines, which will be released later this year by the University of Santo Tomas Publishing House, a Manila-based university press.
I recently spoke with Chua, in part because the anthology speaks to many of the same environmental themes as Age of Blight, my short story collection from Unnamed Press that grapples with humanity’s role in the destruction and possible restoration of the natural world, among other things."