Meet The Team

At Lit CelebrAsian, we have a wonderful team of book lovers who are dedicated to promoting Asian Literature.


Photo of Aentee holding a bouquet of flowers.Aentee

Pronouns: She/Her

I’m a Kiwi-Vietnamese who loves books and the people who read and writes them.

Favourite Asian Lit book: A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki

Find Aentee at Read At Midnight, Twitter, and Instagram

Team role: Lit CelebrAsian design contributor and Asian Lit Chat co-host.


Picture of Aila smiling.Aila

Pronouns: She/her

My name is Aila and you pronounce my name eye-la. I’m a college student in Georgia who tries to read whenever she can find the time (and energy). I’ve been in the book community since high school, and it’s always been my solace and my motivation to keep going. As a Chinese-born American, I’ve grown up in two different worlds: the Western environment that surrounds me, and the traditional Chinese household that I would go back home to at the end of the day. Although I am used to hearing stereotypes and insults towards East Asians, I hope within Literary CelebrAsian we can embrace our heritage and culture and grow closer as an inclusive and celebratory group.

 

Find Aila at One Way or An Author, Happy Indulgence BooksTwitter, and Instagram

Team role: Lit CelebrAsian design contributor.


Photo of Glaiza reading Kafka on the shore by Haruki Murakami indoorsGlaiza

Pronouns: She/her

Eclectic reader, aspiring writer and fan of SFF. I’m also Australian Filipinx and happy to support Lit CelebrAsian alongside the wider range of voices seeking equality in publishing.

Favourite Asian Lit books: The Land of Forgotten Girls by Erin Entrada Kelly and The SEA is Ours: Tales from Steampunk Southeast Asia.

Find Glaiza at Paper Wanderer, her Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, Goodreads and Litsy (@Glaiza_echo).

Team role: Lit CelebrAsian digital coordinator and book list researcher/contributor. Twitter and Goodreads co-moderator. Asian Lit Chat co-host.


Photo of Janani outdoorsJanani

Pronouns: They/Them

I’m your friendly neighbourhood desi bookworm from Muscat, though I’ve shuttled around a bunch of places in the last few years. Besides reading books, buying books in excess, yelling about them on the internet, I enjoy dancing, playing with makeup, binge-watching TV comedy, and getting into really nerdy academic discussions with my friends – preferably with a good drink in hand. I’m committed to supporting and promoting Asian lit and Asian authors, to show people from outside the community just the plethora of stories and experiences we have to offer.

Favourite Asian Lit books: It’s hard for me to pick a favorite, but this year I read A TIME TO DANCE by Padma Venkatraman that absolutely blew me away and made me shed many tears.

Find Janani at The ShrinketteTwitter, Instagram, and Litsy (@theshrinkette)

Team role: Lit CelebrAsian Litsy moderator. Co-moderator of Instagram, Twitter and the email team.


Photo of Kai reading a book with a mountain landscape behind her.Kai (Hiatus)

Pronouns: She/her

Hello there! My name’s Kai (rhymes with tie) and I’ve currently been on this earth for fifteen years, I know #tinychild. Currently my passions include reading, animation, (making sure I never ever have another crush *blushes with embarrassment*), and web design (if you ever need a new blog design, I’m your gal), also, if you couldn’t already tell, I have a penchant for parentheses. Growing up, none of the books I read ever reflect my life experiences, I was always keenly aware that I wasn’t quite like the American pioneer girls or the English princesses I adored, because none of the looked like me, none of them were Asian. However, after joining the bookish community, I’ve found so many books with amazing Asian rep that I’ve been able to connect with in a way I’ve never known before.

Favourite Asian Lit books: Rebel Seoul by Axie Oh and The Epic Crush of Genie Lo by F.C. Lee

Find Kai at Quartzfeather, her Twitter, Instagram, and Bloglovin

Team role: Lit CelebrAsian design contributor and Goodreads co-moderator.


IMG_3416Kate

Pronouns: She/her

Kate is a Korean-American adoptee and independent blogger/Book Riot writer. Representation for other Asians in literature is very important to her and it still warms her heart to see people who look like her on book covers.

Favourite Asian Lit books: Rebel Seoul by Axie Oh and The Epic Crush of Genie Lo by F.C. Lee

Find Kate at her blog and Twitter

Team role: Lit CelebrAsian Contributor


Mish (Hiatus)

Bio coming soon

Find Mish at Chasing Faerytales, Twitter, and Instagram

Team role: Lit CelebrAsian contributor.


shenShenwei

Pronouns: They/Them

Shenwei is a queer Taiwanese American, an avid kid lit (middle grade and young adult) reader and blogger, and an aspiring author. They earned a B.A. in Asian American studies and use their background in ethnic studies to critically engage with issues of representation in literature.

Current Favorite Asian Lit books: The Reader by Traci Chee and The Epic Crush of Genie Lo by F.C. Yee

Find Shenwei at Reading (As)(i)an (Am)erican, their Twitter and Instagram

Team role: Lit CelebrAsian and Asian Lit Bingo founder. Twitter co-moderator, Asian Lit Chat co-host and book list contributor.


Photo of Sophia with a book covering half of her faceSophia

Pronouns: She/her

Sophia is a communications major from St. Louis who got sorted into Ravenclaw in Gryffindor and doesn’t know why. She appears on various parts of the interwebs, including Lit CelebrAsian.

Favourite Asian Lit book: This is not a fair question, but if I must, The Epic Crush of Genie Lo by F.C. Yee

Find Sophia at Bookwyrming Thoughts and The Novelistics, her Twitter, Goodreads, Pinterest, and Instagram

Team role: Lit CelebrAsian Twitter co-moderator.


Photo of Stephanie reading Fangirl outdoorsStephanie

Pronouns: She/her

Stephanie is an Australian-born Vietnamese reader and blogger who yearns to see herself represented in a book. She is part of the Lit CelebrAsian team because this team is helping her to find books with Asian representation, which she previously did not realise existed. And hopefully, one day soon, Stephanie will be able to find a book where she is culturally represented.

Favourite Asian Lit book: Not Your Sidekick by C. B. Lee and The Epic Crush of Genie Lo by F. C. Yee

Find Stephanie at Igniting Pages, her Instagram and Twitter

Team role: Asian Lit Chat co-host, Lit CelebrAsian Twitter and email co-moderator.


Photo of Wendy in a gardenWendy

Pronouns: She/her

I’m a writer and book blogger from Australia, and I help moderate the Lit CelebrAsian Instagram account. Favourite genres are historical and contemporary fiction.

Favourite Asian Lit book: Outrun the Moon by Stacey Lee (fiction) and Unpolished Gem by Alice Pung (nonfiction)

Find Wendy at Written in Wonder and her Twitter

Team role: Lit CelebrAsian Instagram co-moderator.


*All of our voluntary contributions to Lit CelebrAsian are based on availability. Together, we aim to uplift Asian voices in literature.

*Many thanks to our former Lit CelebrAsian members for helping with our launch:

anisha holding harry potter next to a bookshelf.Anisha (former contributor) 

Pronouns: She/her

A book blogger and booktuber who is either reading or running into walls because she is walking while reading (not a good idea friends!) Other than reading, she loves baking and arranging her bookshelves.

Favourite Asian Lit books: I have so many but When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon and Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng

Find Anisha at Sprinkled Pages, her Youtube, Twitter, and Instagram


Digital self-portrait of CWCW (former contributor) 

Pronouns: She/her

Born and raised in New Zealand, CW is a Malaysian-Chinese aspiring artist and a passionate advocate for diversity in young adult literature, especially Asian literature. You will probably find her practicing art or working on postgraduate research. She also really likes corgis.

Favourite Asian Lit books: The Epic Crush of Genie Lo by F.C. Lee and Not Your Sidekick by C.B. Lee

Find CW at her Instagram, and Tumblr.


Isabella (Former contributor)

Find Isabella at The Book Pandas, Twitter, and Instagram.


Photo of Sinead reading outdoorsSinead (Former contributor)

Pronouns: She/her

I focus on character interviews discussing and promoting diverse books on my blog. I’m a Eurasian Publishing student in Scotland. If I’m not doing something bookish, you can usually find me dancing or eating.

Favourite Asian Lit book: One of my favourite books is Sunbolt by Intisar Khanani. There is very little focus on romance in the story, which is something that makes me feel right at home. The story is captivating and I love the original world that Khanani has created.

Find Sinead on her Twitter, Instagram, and Goodreads

 

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