Cha: An Asian Literary Journal
Cha: An Asian Literary Journal, founded in 2007, a decade after the handover, is the first Hong Kong-based international English-language free-access online literary journal; it is dedicated to publishing quality poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, reviews and photography & art. Cha has a strong focus on Asian-themed creative work and work done by Asian writers/artists. It publishes established and emerging writers/artists from around the world.

The journal had a launch in Beijing on 31 August 2009 by Royston Tester. The March 2013 issue was launched on 7 March by guest editors Kaitlin Solimine (prose) and Marc Vincenz (poetry). The event was co-hosted by the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies at Harvard University.

In 2017, to coincide with the tenth anniversary of the journal, we launched the Cha Reading Series and the Cha Writing Workshop Series. 

Cha is catalogued in the libraries of the University of Hong Kong, the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong Shue Yan University, Lingnan University, Hong Kong Baptist University, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), Harvard University, Stanford University, McGill University, Imperial College London, Trinity College Dublin, among many others. It is also promoted on EBSCOhost.

The rightsholders of Cha grant Hong Kong Baptist University Library non-exclusive right to archive and distribute content from the journal on its Institutional Repository, a non-commercial platform maintained by BePress. 

More about Cha:

Every now and then, we comment on published pieces in the critique column, A Cup of Fine Tea: 'If something is good enough to be published in Cha, then it is good enough to receive critical attention' (qtd. from an interview here).

We have also run the following contests (and you can find our special features here):

In the future, Cha will be developed into both an online journal and a print anthology. The eighth issue of Cha can be downloaded as a PDF here and the poetry in the thireteenth issue is available in a booklet.

Cha is also a drink popular throughout Asia and beyond.


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tFounding Co-Editor Tammy Ho Lai-Ming is a proud native of Hong Kong. She is an editor of Berfrois and the academic journal Hong Kong Studies. An Assistant Professor at the Department of English, Hong Kong Baptist University, she sometimes writes poetry & fiction. Her first poetry collection is Hula Hooping. In 2016, she was awarded the Young Artist Award (Literary Arts) by the Hong Kong Arts Development Council. Contact:  This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it   [profile | website]

Jeff ZrobackFounding Co-Editor Originally from Canada, Jeff Zroback has an MA in History. He is an editor by trade and has previously worked in Canada, Korea, Hong Kong and the UK. He was the co-editor of the short fiction collection Love & Lust (with Tammy Ho Lai-Ming) and has published fiction and poetry. He writes many of the Cha editorials. Contact: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it [profile]

Eddie TayReviews Editor Eddie Tay wrote four poetry collections, Remnants, A Lover's Soliloquy, The Mental Life of Cities (winner of the 2012 Singapore Literature Prize) and Dreaming Cities. He has been invited to various international literary festivals. Originally from Singapore, he is an Associate Professor of literature at the Department of English, Chinese University of Hong Kong. Contact: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it [profile | website ]
Consulting Editor
 Reid Mitchell, a New Orleanian, is teaching at Tsinghua Daxue. He has an MFA from Warren Wilson College and is completing a post-MFA poetry course through City University of Hong Kong. He has published a number of literary dialogues with Tammy Ho and his novel A Man Under Authority was published by Turtle Point Press. He is currently writing a memoir of teaching in China. [profile]
Associate Editors

Arthur LeungArthur Leung holds an MFA in creative writing (with distinction) from the University of Hong Kong and is on the international editorial board of Yuan Yang. He was a winner of the 2008 Edwin Morgan International Poetry Competition. In 2009, Leung was commended by the Home Affairs Bureau of the Hong Kong SAR government for his outstanding artistic accomplishments. [profile

Royston Tester

Royston Tester has been jury member for the Commonwealth Fiction Prize and first reader for the Writers' Union of Canada's Short Prose Competition for Developing Writers. He is a professor of creative writing at Mohawk College and is a regular writer-in-residence with Beijing's Red Gate Gallery. His second collection of stories, Fatty Goes To China (Tightrope Books) will be published in 2012. [profile]

Staff Reviewer
MMichael Tsangichael Tsang received his BA and MPhil from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He is now reading for a PhD degree at the University of Warwick, specializing in postcolonial English literature in Hong Kong. [profile]

Public Relations Manager
Marie YipYip Wai Shan Marie is a Hong Kong-based photographer and a winner in South China Morning Post Portraits of Women Competition (2011). Contact: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it [profile]
Guest Editors and Contest Judges

Guest editors read the submissions with Tammy Ho and Jeff Zroback; they are carefully selected from our past contributors.

                               Andy Barker    Daryl Yam Michael Gray Rheea Mukherjee Kate Rogers Michael O'Sullivan Dorothy Chan David Raphael Israel Jenna Le David William Hill  Jason S Polley  B.B.P. Hosmillo  Sreedhevi Iyer  Ricardo M. de Ungria Kyoko Yoshida Wawa (Lo Mei Wa) Lian-Hee Wee Matt Turner  James Shea.jpg
#46, December 2019 - Twelve Anniversary Issue Arthur Leung (poetry) [profile]; Royston Tester (prose) [profile]
#45, September 2019 - "Writing Vietnam" Nhã Thuyên [profile]; Kaitlin Rees [profile]
#44, June 2019
#43, March 2019 - "Writing Macau"
#42, December 2018 - Eleventh Anniversary Issue  Arthur Leung (poetry) [profile]; Royston Tester (prose) [profile]
#41, September 2018 - "Writing Singapore" Joshua Ip (poetry) [profile]; Eddie Tay (prose) [profile]
#40, June 2018 - "Writing the Philippines" Ricardo M. de Ungria [profile]; Lawrence Lacambra Ypil [profile]
#39, March 2018 B.B.P. Hosmillo (poetry) [profile]; Matt Turner (prose) [profile]
#38, December 2017 - Tenth Anniversary Issue - "Writing Hong Kong" Arthur Leung (poetry) [profile]; Royston Tester (prose) [profile]
#37, October 2017 Jenna Le (poetry) [profile]; Lo Mei Wa (prose) [profile]
#36, June 2017 - "Writing Japan" James Shea [profile]; Kyoko Yoshida [profile]
#35, March 2017 Ankur Agarwal (poetry) [profile]; Michael Gray (prose) [profile]
#34, December 2016 - Ninth Anniversary Issue Arthur Leung (poetry) [profile]; Royston Tester (prose) [profile]
#33, September 2016 Dorothy Chan (poetry) [profile]; Reid Mitchell (prose) [profile]; Ricardo M. de Ungria (contest) [profile]
#32, June 2016 B.B.P. Hosmillo (poetry) [profile]; Mag Tan (prose) [profile]; Reid Mitchell ("Distance") [profile]
#31, March 2016 Jason S Polley (poetry) [profile]; Sreedhevi Iyer (prose) [profile]
#30, December 2015 - Eighth Anniversary Issue Arthur Leung (poetry) [profile]; Royston Tester (prose) [profile]; Jason Eng Hun Lee (contest) [profile]
#29, September 2015 Marc Vincenz (poetry) [profile]; David William Hill (prose) [profile]
#28, June 2015 Jenna Le (poetry) [profile]; Daryl Yam (prose) [profile]
#27, March 2015 Dorothy Chan (poetry) [profile]; David Raphael Israel (prose) [profile]; Vinita Agrawal [profile] (contest)
#26, December 2014 - Seventh Anniversary Issue Arthur Leung (poetry) [profile]; Royston Tester (prose) [profile]; Jason Eng Hun Lee (contest) [profile]
#25, September 2014 Nicholas Y.B. Wong (poetry) [profile]; Rheea Mukherjee (prose) [profile]; Michael O'Sullivan (Whither Hong Kong?) [profile]; Kate Rogers (Whither Hong Kong?) [profile]; Michael Tsang (Whither Hong Kong?) [profile]
#24, June 2014 Michael Gray (poetry) [profile]; Royston Tester (prose) [profile]; Reid Mitchell (prose) [profile]
#23, March 2014 - Sixth Anniversary Issue Arthur Leung (poetry) [profile]; Royston Tester (prose); Daryl Yam (contest) [profile]
#22, December 2013 - "Ancient Asia Issue" Lucas Klein [profile]
#21, June 2013 Jason Eng Hun Lee (poetry) [profile]; Reid Mitchell (prose) [profile]
#20, March 2013 Marc Vincenz (poetry) [profile]; Kaitlin Solimine (prose) [profile]; Andrew Barker (contest) [profile]
#19, November 2012 - Fifth Anniversary Issue Arthur Leung (poetry) [profile]; Royston Tester (prose) [profile]; Reid Mitchell (contest) [profile]
#18, September 2012 Ivy Alvarez (poetry) [profile]; Berit Ellingsen (prose) [profile]; Marc Vincenz (contest) [profile]
#17, June 2012 Divya Rajan (poetry) [profile]; Bob Bradshaw (prose) [profile]
#16, March 2012 Ankur Agarwal (poetry) [profile]; Mag Tan (prose) [profile]; Arthur Leung (contest) #15, November 2011 - Fourth Anniversary Issue Robert E. Wood (poetry) [profile]; Royston Tester (prose) [profile]
#14, July 2011 - "The China Issue" Yibing Huang [profile]
#13, February 2011 Arthur Leung (poetry) [profile]; Reid Mitchell (prose) [profile]
#12, September 2010 Royston Tester [profile]
#11, May 2010 Sam Byfield (poetry) [profile]; E.K. Entrada (prose) [profile]
#10, February 2010 Gillian Sze [profile]
#9, November 2009 - Second Anniversary Issue Reid Mitchell (poetry) [profile]; Jonathan Mendelsohn (prose) [profile]
#8, August 2009 Royston Tester [profile]
#7, May 2009 Bob Bradshaw [profile]
#6, February 2009 Arthur Leung (poetry) [profile]; Reid Mitchell (prose) [profile]
#5, November 2008 - First Anniversary Issue Reid Mitchell [profile]
#4, August 2008 Nicholas Y.B. Wong [profile]
#3, May 2008 Eddie Tay [profile]
#2, February 2008
#1, November 2007
Tea Tasters
Tea Tasters comment on works published in Cha on A Cup of Fine Tea; they are: Tammy Ho, Jeff Zroback, Jarno Jakonen [profile], Bob Bradshaw [profile] and some guests.
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