Ten years ago, I had the honor of being the very first poet to have work accepted by Cha, a new literary journal starting in Hong Kong. It was the same year that my very first full-length book, On The Other Side Of The Eye was released by Sam's Dot Publishing. Cha had accepted my poem, "Zelkova Tree," and later did an insightful analysis of it, as well.
Cha holds the distinction of being Hong Kong's very first literary journal. I'm pleased to see Cha weathered the decade so well, going on to print many acclaimed poets, writers and artists from around the world with an ambitious set of themes throughout the years for our contributors to consider.
They recently announced that 65 selected poems from the ten-year history of Cha: An Asian Literary Journal will be included in a special section in the December 2017 issue of the Hong Kong-based print poetry magazine, Voice & Verse. Keep an eye out for it when it arrives!
It's here where I want to take note of Tammy Ho Lai-Ming, who is a Hong Kong–born editor, translator, and poet. She is the founding co-editor of Cha, and also an editor of the academic journal Victorian Network.
Her translations have appeared in World Literature Today, Chinese Literature Today, and Pathlight, among other places. She holds an MPhil from the University of Hong Kong and a PhD from King’s College London, and she is currently an assistant professor at Hong Kong Baptist University, where she teaches poetics, fiction, and modern drama.
Her first poetry collection is Hula Hooping from Chameleon Press. In 2016 she received the Young Artist Award in Literary Arts presented by the Hong Kong Arts Development Council.
Her co-founding editor is Jeff Zroback, originally from Canada. He has an MA in History, and 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.
I look forward to the next decades ahead for them and wish them even more support and recognition for their literary contributions and the community they have built for the arts.