The Asian Canadian Writers’ Workshop has announced Jamie Liew as the winner of the 2018 Jim Wong-Chu Emerging Writers Award for fiction for her manuscript Dandelion Roots.
Dandelion Roots revolves around a Chinese family in a small mining town in British Columbia struggling to fit in with the Canadian Chinese community. It addresses class struggles, discrimination, and questions of belonging for Chinese people who do not speak or look like the majority of Chinese.
The Asian Canadian Writers’ Workshop wrote, “Telling the untold story about conflict and diversity within Canadian Chinese communities, Liew’s elegant prose and storytelling evoke a ‘literary reflection of Canadian migration, identity, and statelessness.’”
The Jim Wong-Chu Emerging Writers Award is a community building initiative of the Asian Canadian Writers’ Workshop named in recognition of Jim Wong-Chu, a pioneer of Asian Canadian writing and mentor to many writers.
Professor Liew is a Chinese Canadian writer with roots in Southeast Asia and teaches immigration, refugee, and citizenship law here at uOttawa.