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The Spirits Have Nothing to Do with Us

New Chinese Canadian Fiction

edited by Dan K. Woo

contributions by Bingji Ye, Ellen Chang-Richardson, Isabella Wang, Eddy Boudel Tan, Yilin Wang, Sam Cheuk, Anna Ling Kaye, Sheung-King & Lydia Kwa

Wolsak and Wynn Publishers Ltd
Initial publish date
May 2023
Asian American, Literary, Anthologies (multiple authors), Family Life
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The Spirits Have Nothing to Do with Us is an anthology of fascinating and singular short stories from some of the best Chinese Canadian authors writing today.

About the authors

Dan K. Woo's family came to Canada in the 1970s. His grandfather was a fire captain and the first firefighter to die on duty in British Hong Kong, partly a result of the British colonial system. In 2018, Woo won the Ken Klonsky Award for Learning How to Love China (Quattro Books). His writing has appeared in such publications as the South China Morning Post, Quill & Quire and China Daily USA. A Toronto native, he lives with his partner in the city and writes in his free time. He is currently studying at the Rogers Cybersecure Catalyst and SANS Institute. 


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Bingji Ye came from Northern China. With majors in international business and economics, she graduated from Hebei University of Economics and Business and University of Alberta. A poet, novelist and educator, Bingji wrote poems and stories for Chinese language media in Canada. Her first novel, The Trap of Yves Saint Laurent Scent, was published by one of China's biggest publishers in 2006. The novel is about romance, conspiracy and commercial war. She has lived in Edmonton, Regina, Ottawa and the Greater Toronto Area with her family.

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Isabella Wang is the author of the chapbook On Forgetting a Language (Baseline Press 2019), and her full-length debut, Pebble Swing (Nightwood Editions, 2021). Among other recognitions, she has been shortlisted for Arc’s Poem of the Year Contest, The Malahat Review’s Far Horizons Contest and Long Poem Contest, and was the youngest writer to be shortlisted twice for The New Quarterly’s Edna Staebler Essay Contest. Her poetry and prose have appeared in over thirty literary journals and three anthologies. She is an editor at Room magazine.

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Eddy Boudel Tan writes stories that depict a world much like our own – the heroes are flawed, truth is distorted, and there is as much hope as there is heartbreak. He’s the author of two novels: After Elias, a finalist for the ReLit Awards and the Edmund White Award for Debut Fiction, and The Rebellious Tide (Dundurn Press). In 2021, he was named a Rising Star by the Writers’ Trust of Canada. His short stories can be found in Joyland, Yolk, Gertrude Press and The G&LR, as well as in Queer Little Nightmares: An Anthology of Monstrous Fiction and Poetry (Arsenal Pulp Press). He lives in Vancouver with his husband where he is currently writing his next novel while listening to the language of birds from his balcony.

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Yilin Wang (she/they) is a writer, poet and Chinese-English translator who lives on the unceded lands of the Coast Salish peoples (Richmond, BC). Her writing and translations have appeared or are forthcoming in Clarkesworld, Fantasy Magazine, POETRY, Guernica, Words Without Borders, The Malahat Review, Room, CV2 and elsewhere. She is the curator and translator of a chapbook titled The Lantern and the Night Moths (Collusion Books 2022), winner of the Tafseer Chapbook Prize, which features her translations of work by five modern and contemporary Chinese poets. Yilin has won the Foster Poetry Prize, received an ALTA Virtual Travel Fellowship and been a two-time finalist for the Far Horizons Award for Short Fiction. She has an MFA in Creative Writing from UBC and is a graduate of the 2021 Clarion West Writers Workshop.

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Sam Cheuk is a Hong Kong-born Canadian author of Love Figures, Deus et Machina and Postscripts from a City Burning. He is currently working on Marginalia, which examines the function, execution and generative potential behind censorship.

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Anna Ling Kaye is a writer and editor. She has served as artistic editor at PRISM international and Ricepaper magazines, and guest editor at The New Quarterly. A columnist on CBC Radio, Kaye's fiction has been finalist for the Journey Prize and PEN Canada New Voices Prize, and won the 2021 RBC Bronwen Wallace Award. A third-culture kid who grew up in countries across Asia, Kaye now calls Vancouver home.

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Sheung-King, Aaron Tang’s debut novel, You are Eating an Orange. You are Naked (Book*hug Press), is a finalist for the 2021 Governor General's Award, a finalist for the Amazon Canada First Novel Award, longlisted for CBC’s Canada Reads 2021 and named one of the best book debuts of 2020 by the Globe and Mail. Born in Vancouver, Sheung-King grew up in Hong Kong. His work examines “the interior lives of the transnational Asian diaspora” (Thea Lim, The Nation). He taught creative writing at the University of Guelph and is now the creative writing coach at Avenues: The World School, Shenzhen. His next novel, BATSHIT SEVEN, will be published by Penguin Random House Canada. He holds an MFA in creative writing from the University of Guelph

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LYDIA KWA is the author of a poetry collection, The Colours of Heroines, and two novels, This Place Called Absence and The Walking Boy, which was shortlisted for the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize. She was born in Singapore and moved to Canada in 1980. After obtaining a B.Sc. in psychology at the University of Toronto, Kwa studied at Queen's University and obtained her M.A. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology. She now lives and works in Vancouver as a writer and psychologist. Please see for more on the author.

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