"Are the fish truly trapped in the pond? The minute they meet the storm, they become dragons." -Qian Cai (Story of Yue Fei)

Thank you to everyone who participated in our writing contest and our book giveaway, and for visiting us during our Toronto launch at our new stockist, Tea Base! Moving onwards, find us at the Asian American Literature Festival at Eaton House DC on August 4! More information about the festival can be found here.

We hope that the works in this issue will give you a sense of the creators’ experiences with shock, panic, suffocation, rage and fury. Perhaps they could even bring you closer to the gods and forces of thunder. May this issue strike you as hard as it did for us!

In this issue:

  • Grace Song and Jasmine Gui think about summer weather in vastly different ways in their poetry
  • Dorothy Cheng uses science fiction to meditate on identity and language in Malaysia
  • Chunfeng Lu sends us more photographic dispatches from his travels
  • Illustrations and artwork from Natalie Mark, Ray Hwang, and Kathi Ha, as well as returning contributors Diana Chan, Anita Yan Wong, and Juliette Wu, come together to make a visual bestiary
  • Claire Soh explores the rise and fall of Singaporean xinyao music
  • Editor-in-chief Jiaqi Kang speaks with nature writer Jessica J. Lee about community, genre, craft, and her upcoming book, “Two Trees Make a Forest: On Memory, Migration, and Taiwan” (2019) –– a full version will be uploaded onto Medium
  • “Homecoming”, staff contributor Chelsea Shieh dives into her dreams for her last piece for Sine Theta
  • Our second student spotlight features Lucy Li Chenhui, a hobby painter and founder of Oxford University Art Club
  • A photo essay by Kimberly Kiong engages with the semantics of “thunder” in the sinophone world.
  • The winners of our summer writing contest: in poetry, “Self-Portrait as the Dead Fish in Some Guy’s Tinder Profile Picture” by Erin Jin Mei O’Malley; in fiction, “Auntland” by K-Ming Chang
  • A selection of shortlisted pieces from the contest: “Red Massacre in a Jar” by Alice Yang; “Butter Knife” by Hannah Han; and “Refallen” by returning contributor Albert Lee. More shortlisted work will be published in subsequent issues.