Jackie Wong_2016

Hello! I’m a journalist in Vancouver writing about urban health, race, and equality. I also facilitate workshops on writing, media, and social change.

I’m currently at work on a series about grief, loss, and B.C.’s overdose crisis for the Tyee Solutions Society, which follows a series I published earlier this year on community solutions to B.C.’s overdose crisis through the Tyee Solutions Society and Simon Fraser University’s Vancity Office of Community Engagement. My writing has recently appeared in the winter 2016 issue of Maisonneuve magazine, and is forthcoming in VICE Munchies (a personal essay on ancestry and food) and Vancouver Magazine (a feature on undocumented newcomers in the city).

I’ve been facilitating writing and media workshops since 2011. I recently collaborated with CiTR to deliver a student journalism workshop on sensitive reporting, I’m a facilitator with the fall 2016 and spring 2017 iterations of the feminist arts leadership program The Future is You and Me, and will facilitate a creative writing workshop at Onsite, a transitional housing and detox program above Vancouver’s supervised injection facility, this summer. I am one of the founding facilitators for Community Journalism 101, an inclusive journalism class for people facing barriers through SFU’s Vancity Office of Community Engagement. From January 2014 to December 2016, I taught over 1,000 undergraduate students in UBC’s Creative Writing Program.

I have previously worked as the editor at Megaphone, a social enterprise providing meaningful work for people experiencing poverty; as a housing reporter for Tyee Solutions Society; as a writer for the Museum of Vancouver’s first digital exhibition; and as a staff writer for the Westender, an urban weekly in Vancouver.

Outside of work, I’m part of the board of directors of the Hua Foundation, a non-profit empowering youth from the Asian diaspora to explore their racialized identities and advance social change. I love spending time with the people in my life, reading fiction, watching comedy, and running in glorious silence.


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