Cha: An Asian Literary Journal


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Cha: An Asian Literary Journal is the first online English literary journal based in Hong Kong. Tammy Ho Lai-Ming and Jeff Zroback founded it in 2007, a decade after the handover. Eddie Tay, Reviews Editor, is also a member of the editorial team.

Cha: An Asian Literary Journal
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Available inEnglish
LaunchedNovember 2007
Current statusOnline

The journal publishes poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, book reviews, and photography & art from and about Asia Although Cha focuses on Asia-related creative works and works by Asian writers and artists, it also publishes works by writers and artists from around the world.

Other former contributors to the journal include, among others, Ai Weiwei, Louie Crew, Duo Duo, Eleanor Goodman, Ma. Luisa Aguilar Igloria, Alan Jefferies, Sushma Joshi, Christopher Kelen, Shirley Lim, Lyn Lifshin, Alvin Pang, Todd Swift, Amy Uyematsu, Eliot Weinberger, Alison Wong, Cyril Wong, Bryan Thao Worra, Xu Xi and Ouyang Yu.

Cha was named Best New Online Magazine in 2008 and Best Online Magazine in 2011 by StorySouth's Million Writers Award, and she was named The Gatekeeper's Site of the Week (Wednesday, July 1, 2009) on Meet at the Gate, the website of Scottish publisher Canongate Books. Work from Cha has been chosen for inclusion in the Best of the Web and Best of the Net anthologies (2009). The journal's critique piece, "A Cup of Fine Tea," in which previously published works are discussed, is a unique feature.

Cha is now cataloged in the Library of the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) and other locations.

See alsoEdit


  • "HK magazine to showcase China's English literature scene", China Daily (November 2010)
  • "Virtual Bookshelf", The Hindu (September 2010)
  • "Cha - A Cup Overflowing", South China Morning Post (April 2010)
  • "A Conversation with Tammy Ho Lai-Ming", Lantern Review (February 2010)
  • "Love for Literature", Time Out Hong Kong feature article on Cha (October 2009)
  • Cha guest editor Royston Tester (Issue #8, August 2009) interviewed by Beijing's City Weekend on the experience of guest-editing the journal. (14 September 2009)
  • "Cha Give Online Works Second Life", NewPages blog article. (13 July 2009)
  • Cha selected as Best New Online Magazine of 2008 by storySouth's Million Writers Award.
  • Cha's information at Duotrope
  • Cha's information at Poets & Writers.
  • "Special Cha Edition" at Asia and Pacific Writers' Network.
  • Article in "U.S./China media brief" (website of UCLA Asian American Studies Centre) mentions Cha: "In Hong Kong, besides traditional university-based journals, new internet-based journals including Cha have embraced a more pan-Asian perspective and have included Chinese American writers as well." (August 2008)

External linksEdit

  • Cha Official Site