Rina Garcia Chua, PhD

(She, Her, Hers)

Sessional Lecturer

English and Cultural Studies
Office: FIP 318
Email: rina.chua@ubc.ca

Research Summary

Ecocriticism, ecopoetry, environmental humanities, Asian Canadian/Asian American literatures, migrancy, diaspora.

Courses & Teaching

ENGL 109 – Introduction to Academic Writing


Rina Garcia Chua is a Jack and Doris Shadbolt Fellow in the Humanities at Simon Fraser University and she completed her PhD in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of British Columbia Okanagan. She is the editor of the first anthology of Philippine ecopoetry, Sustaining the Archipelago, which was published with the University of Santo Tomas Publishing House in 2018 and is co-editor of Empire and Environment: Ecological Ruin in the Transpacific, forthcoming with the University of Michigan Press in October 24, 2022. Rina is also the co-diversity officer for the Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment (ASLE), poetry editor of Tiger Moth Review in Singapore, and co-editor of The Goose: A Journal of Arts, Environment, and Culture in Canada.




PhD in Interdisciplinary Studies, University of British Columbia Okanagan
MA in Language and Literature, De La Salle University—Manila
BS in Secondary Education, major in English, University of Santo Tomas

Selected Publications & Presentations

Jeffrey Santa Ana, Heidi Amin-Hong, Rina Garcia Chua, Xiaojing Zhou, eds. Empire and Environment: Ecological Ruin in the Transpacific. University of Michigan Press. Forthcoming October 24, 2022.

Chua, Rina Garcia. “Disentrancing the Rot of Colonialism in Philippine and Canadian Ecopoetry.” Empire and Environment: Confronting Ecological Ruination in the

Transpacific, edited by Chua, Heidi Amin-Hong, Jeffrey Santa Ana, Xiaojing Zhou. University of Michigan Press, 2022.

Girvan, Anita and Rina Garcia Chua. “e-Race-sures: Resistance, Community Building, and a Pause in the Environmental Humanities and Arts.” The Goose: A Journal of Arts, Environment, and Culture in Canada, 19.1 (2021).

Chua, Rina Garcia. “a steering to homes, or Toward a Migrant Ecocriticism.” Journal of Southeast Asian Ecocriticism, September 2022.

Chua, Rina Garcia. “I in the Liminal: Verging in The Dyzgraphxst.” Canadian Literature 247, 2021, pp. 168-171.

Garrard, Greg and Rina Garcia Chua. “Ecopoetics and the Myth of Motivated Form.” Close  Reading the Anthropocene, edited by Helena Feder. Routledge, 2021, Pages 30-44.

Chua, Rina Garcia. “The Germination of Ecological Literacy in a Third World Nation.” Environment and Pedagogy in Higher Education. Lexington Books, 2018, pages 97-113.

Chua, Rina Garcia. “Toward a Migrant Ecocriticism.” Látag: Essays on Philippine  Literature, Culture, and Environment, eds. Timothy Ong and Isabela Lacuna. Likhaan, 2019, pp. 207-222.

Chua, Rina Garcia, ed. Sustaining the Archipelago: An Anthology of Philippine Ecopoetry. University of Santo Tomas Publishing House, 2018.

Selected Grants & Awards

Association for Literature and the Environment Affiliated Symposium Funding

Award (Title of event: Fire and Water: Okanagan Watersheds and Beyond), December 2021

Modern Language Association Graduate Student Fund Grant

Awards & Distinctions

Nominee, Philippine National Book Awards: Best Anthology in English (2018)

Gold Medal for Outstanding Thesis, De La Salle University—Manila (2014)

Professional Services/Affiliations/Committees

Co-diversity office at Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment

Co-editor at The Goose: Journal of Arts, Environment, and Culture in Canada  

Poetry editor at The Tiger Moth Review 

Member at American Studies Association


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