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Fiona Tinwei Lam

Fiona Tinwei Lam is a Vancouver writer and teacher.

Website: www.fionalam.net

Stories by Fiona Tinwei Lam

culture

An International Women's Day Poem

On March 8, reflecting on global pain felt by women and girls.

By Fiona Tinwei Lam, 8 Mar 2016


opinion

The Landfill Is No Place for Vancouver's Character Homes

A disposable city doesn't do much for affordability, either.

By Fiona Tinwei Lam, 24 May 2014


books

In Defence of Single Moms

My family is rooted outside the nuclear archetype. Bring on the assumptions.

By Fiona Tinwei Lam, 10 May 2014


opinion

Rolling Dumplings with Mom

Pressing the dough together for Chinese New Year, we too were bound.

By Fiona Tinwei Lam, 31 Jan 2014


opinion

Something's Cooking in the Classroom

Vancouver's Project Chef program is a recipe for kids and healthy eating that works.

By Fiona Tinwei Lam, 7 Dec 2013


opinion

Verse for Hurt Women, Known and Still Hidden

Two poems to break the silence of gender-based violence, at home and abroad.

By Fiona Tinwei Lam, 6 Dec 2013


books

'How to Expect What You're Not Expecting'

For those who suffer great loss during pregnancy, often 'no words exist.' But a new book gives voice.

By Fiona Tinwei Lam, 3 Dec 2013


opinion

For Fathers, Present and Absent

Some reflections (and poems) on those loved, lost or never there.

By Fiona Tinwei Lam, 15 Jun 2013


opinion

Today, Think of Hurt Women Near and Far

Though violence lingers, we commemorate those acting to stop it. Plus, a poem.

By Fiona Tinwei Lam, 6 Dec 2012


opinion

Ode to Thankfulness

This long weekend, consider gratitude for the most ordinary things. Some verse to start off.

By Fiona Tinwei Lam, 6 Oct 2012


books

Imagine 'Life Without' Wrongful Convictions

With new book, activist Ken Klonsky fights for justice through both fact and fiction.

By Fiona Tinwei Lam, 20 Sep 2012


opinion

What's Behind BC's Doors?

Click through to see more enchanting doors perceived by Tyee readers across the province.

By Jessica Roberts-Farina and Fiona Tinwei Lam, 19 May 2012


opinion

Celebrating the Difficult Mother

A salute to tired, mercurial, fierce moms like mine. Plus, a poem for this weekend.

By Fiona Tinwei Lam, 12 May 2012


opinion

Race, Violence, Kids: Watching 'Hunger Games' with My 10-Year-Old Son

I agonized for weeks, and then we dove in together.

By Fiona Tinwei Lam, 16 Apr 2012


opinion

Beyond the Underground Railroad

Let's keep celebrating black people's integral contributions to Canadian society, past and present.

By Fiona Tinwei Lam, 2 Mar 2012


opinion

The End of Love

On Valentine's Day, a cynic finds refuge in poems about love, rather than love poetry.

By Fiona Tinwei Lam, 14 Feb 2012


books

Fred Wah: 'All Creativity Is Political'

Canada's new poet laureate on writing for the Queen's Jubilee, racial hybridity, making Juk soup, and more.

By Fiona Tinwei Lam, 23 Jan 2012


opinion

Christmas and Cancer

Grieving for my father each December, I found solace in the gift of poetry.

By Fiona Tinwei Lam, 23 Dec 2011


opinion

For All the Targeted Women

Notes, and poems, on the anniversary of the Montreal Massacre.

By Fiona Tinwei Lam, 6 Dec 2011


opinion

Poetry for Remembrance

Words shape how we remember war, and the right ones heal. Plus, a poem for today.

By Fiona Tinwei Lam, 11 Nov 2011


books

'Eating Dirt'

After 20 years of tree-planting, Charlotte Gill was ready to sprout a book as complex and crystalline as the forest itself.

By Robyn Smith and Fiona Tinwei Lam, 21 Oct 2011


opinion

For All the World's Ground Zeroes, Poetry

When the towers fell, St. Paul's Chapel was a nearby refuge. Ten years later, I paid my tribute there with other Canadian poets.

By Fiona Tinwei Lam, 10 Sep 2011


books

Madeleine Thien on Making Fragments Whole

The author of 'Dogs at the Perimeter' on genocide, its aftermath, and fiction's unique fire. A Tyee interview.

By Fiona Tinwei Lam, 1 Sep 2011


opinion

Did He Lie, Mom?

Talking to my son about the scandal over Greg Mortenson's 'Three Cups of Tea'.

By Fiona Tinwei Lam, 15 Jul 2011


opinion

Father's Day: Its Origin, Its Meaning

Born of a mining disaster, a day to savour tenderness, or mourn its loss.

By Fiona Tinwei Lam, 17 Jun 2011


opinion

Music as Path out of Poverty

Why are we stingy with children's musical education? A miraculous program from Venezuela strikes a chord of hope that could resonate powerfully here.

By Fiona Tinwei Lam, 25 May 2011


opinion

Mother's Day's Radical Roots

The mom who started it all worked for peace and community activism, saying a firm no to commercialization.

By Fiona Tinwei Lam, 6 May 2011


opinion

The Hole in the Middle: Gambling, Families and Politicians

Financial wreckage caused by gambling addicts hurts spouses, kids. Why does our government bet on more sad losers?

By Fiona Tinwei Lam, 5 May 2011


books

'Everything Was Good-bye,' a Canadian Romeo and Juliet

BC Book Prize winner Gurjinder Basran on constricted girlhood, arranged marriage, a mother's pride and more.

By Fiona Tinwei Lam, 22 Apr 2011


opinion

A Tyee Series

Education Without Barriers: The 'Hum' Success Story

In Vancouver's Downtown Eastside, students bring rich perspectives to the study of university-level humanities.

By Fiona Tinwei Lam, 1 Mar 2011


opinion

Go Ahead, Write a Love Poem

To anyone, or anything. You don't have to be in a blissful relationship to celebrate life.

By Fiona Tinwei Lam, 14 Feb 2011


opinion

Fear of Ghosts: Vancouver's Hospice Uproar

Instead of demonizing some Chinese immigrants for how they conceive of death, let's take this opportunity to face mortality together.

By Fiona Tinwei Lam, 24 Jan 2011


opinion

My Chinese Mother Was No 'Tiger,' and Yet...

Stepping into the furor stirred by Amy Chua's 'Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother.'

By Fiona Tinwei Lam, 20 Jan 2011


books

Fifty Drops at a Time

Reflections of a contributor to 'Walk Myself Home: An Anthology to End Violence Against Women.'

By Fiona Tinwei Lam, 6 Dec 2010


books

For Evelyn Lau, Poetry Is Life and Death

The author of 'Living Under Plastic' talks about mortality and confessional writing. And shares a poem.

By Fiona Tinwei Lam, 27 Oct 2010


books

Amber Dawn's Sex Worker Underworld

The author of 'Sub Rosa' on empowering the sexually exploited, speculative fiction, Evelyn Lau as hero, and more.

By Fiona Tinwei Lam, 28 Sep 2010


culture

Moving Words: How Poetry Got on the Bus

BC's Poetry in Transit program launches this year's poems for public transit.

By Fiona Tinwei Lam, 27 Sep 2010


books

Rediscovering Our Parents: Memory and Mystery

Author Judy Fong Bates on the sacrifice of the soul that immigrants make, family mysteries, and going 'home' for the first time.

By Fiona Tinwei Lam, 6 Sep 2010


opinion

Discovering the Soul of Chinese New Year

Growing up, the holiday didn't mean much. Now my child helps me see what we're celebrating.

By Fiona Tinwei Lam, 12 Feb 2010


opinion

Why is Vancouver So Poetry Shy?

Diary of a random acts of poetry perpetrator.

By Fiona Tinwei Lam, 4 Nov 2004