Strike the Wok


This new anthology brings together some of the most exciting works of fiction by contemporary Chinese Canadian writers. Representing three generations of Chinese from a variety of backgrounds, including writers born in Canada as well as places outside, presenting a diversity of themes and styles, and set in various geographical locations and time periods, Strike the Wok is a truly kaleidoscopic look at Chinese life from modern Canadian perspectives. Internationally renowned as well as newer voices are included.

“This collection pushes against assumptions about Chinese Canadian literature and shows support for emerging writers.”
— Ricepaper


Publication Date: 2003

Paperback ISBN: 978-1-894770-09-5
Page size: 5.75″ x 8.75″
256 pages

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Jim Wong-Chu is co-editor of the critically acclaimed anthologies, Many-Mouthed Birds: Contemporary Chinese Canadian Writing and Swallowing Clouds: An Anthology of Chinese Canadian Poetry. He is a founding member of the Asian Canadian Writers’ Workshop.

Lien Chao came to Canada in 1984 to pursue her graduate studies. She is the author of Beyond Silence: Chinese Canadian Literature in English (1997), winner of the Gabrielle Roy Prize for Canadian Criticism. Her publications also include Tiger Girl: Hu Nü (2001), a creative memoir about growing up in Mao’s China; Strike the Wok: An Anthology of Contemporary Chinese Canadian Fiction (2003), Ed. with Jim-Wong Chu; The Chinese Knot and other Stories (2008); and three collections of bilingual poetry, Maples and the Stream (1999), More Than Skin Deep (2004), and Salt in My Life (2019).

As an inter-art artist, Lien Chao enjoys collaborating with artists of different disciplines in joint projects. She has also published several bilingual art books on Chinese Brush Painting. She strongly believes in cultural sharing via interactions among Canadians of different racial, cultural and spiritual backgrounds.

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