Ricepaper Magazine published their newest anthology, Immersion: An Asian Anthology of Love, Fantasy, and Speculative Fiction on September 26.
The anthology features 15 speculative fiction stories from Asian authors in Canada and around the world. Edited by JF Garrard, Allan Cho, and William Tham, each unique story explores what it means to be Asian in the midst of the supernatural, futuristic, and fantastic. From hopping corpses to samurai warriors, many of the stories present Asian legends and folklore in alternate realities.
Sylvia Santiago and Jenny Wong’s “The Winter Sister,” a story about a Japanese snow spirit, inspired the striking cover art for the book, designed by Vancouver graphic designer Lea Duck.
The authors introduce readers to Asian culture with memorable characters and stories, interspersed with dark humour. Shedding the usual stereotypes and molds for Asian characters in North American literature, Immersion is a thought-provoking and well-written collection for fans of the speculative fiction genre.
Serah Louis is the only Indian-Canadian author published in the collection. Her story “Unveiling the Night,” delves into reincarnation, through the lens of a young South Indian-Canadian woman who discovers she may be a human vessel for the Hindu goddess, Kali. The story highlights the prevalence of sexism and the stigmas associated with sexuality in South Indian culture. The protagonist in the story struggles to balance her cultural identities as she battles demons in a modern world.
Louis is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM) and is an associate editor for UTM’s literary journal, With Caffeine and Careful Thought, and research journal, Compass. She was inspired by the idea of a female desi superhero for her story.
The official launch for the anthology was held on Saturday, December 7 at the BC Artscape at the Sun Wah Center in Vancouver.
Toronto’s LiterASIAN festival celebrating Asian Canadian arts, launched the publication earlier in November along with readings by Louis and Derwin Mak (“The House of Hagfish”). Mak is a Toronto-based science fiction writer, editor, and military historian.
The book is available for purchase as an e-book and paperback on Amazon.
Ricepaper is a literary and arts magazine, based in Vancouver, that focuses on Asian Canadian art and writing. The magazine publishes creative writing, reviews, art, and photography, along with interviews with Asian Canadian artists and writers. -CINEWS