EventsAaron Chan: This City is a Minefield

Aaron Chan: This City is a Minefield

7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Central Library


This City is a Minefield is a collection of reflective memoir and personal essays about growing up and coming of age as a young gay Chinese man in Vancouver.

From the unfavourable view of homosexuality in the Chinese community, to his experience with sexual racism in the gay community, Chan's essays tackle complicated issues fearlessly with sensitivity, insight, and care. At once an intimate, ambivalent love letter to Vancouver and a deeply personal exploration of identity, This City Is A Minefield serves as a marker of life as a young queer person of colour in this modern age. 

Aaron Chan will discuss his book with writer Amber Dawn. Join them for a conversation about what it means to live, love, and be loved in Vancouver. 

AARON CHAN is a musician, filmmaker, and writer born and raised on unceded Coast Salish territories (Vancouver). He holds a BFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia, and his writing has been published in literary magazines and publications including Plenitude, filling Station, Polychrome Ink, and XtraThis City Is A Minefield is his first book. 

AMBER DAWN is a writer and creative facilitator living on unceded Coast Salish Territories (Vancouver, Canada). She is the author of four books and the editor of three anthologies. Her latest poetry collection is My Art Is Killing Me, and Other Poems, and her latest novel is Sodom Road Exit.


This event is part of Uplift Asian, a new programming series at VPL designed to celebrate Asian voices and push back against discrimination.


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