I attended the opening reception for Literasian, a celebration of Asian Canadian writers. They were also distributing an anthology of Asian Canadian writing, which I helped fund through their Kickstarter campaign. It is fun to know a few people at these things now, so I am starting to feel a part of a more intimate, supportive community. I find it helpful for building confidence in your writing, which can be an isolated endeavour. Even literary superstar Madeleine Thien has acknowledged the encouragement of Jim Wong Chu, the spiritual leader of Asian Canadian Writers Workshop, who passed away earlier this year.