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Jon Chan Simpson

 Jon Chan Simpson photo by Val Lem at WOTS 2015 Toronto

John Chan Simpson was raised in Red Deer, Alberta but now lives in Toronto. He is a graduate of the University of Toronto’s MA Creative Writing program.

Chinkstar book cover



Toronto: Coach House Books, 2015.
PS8637 .I4866 C55 2015

Publisher’s Synopsis (from its website)

Chinksta rap is all the rage in Red Deer, Alberta. And the king of Chinksta is King Kwong, Run’s older brother. Run isn’t a fan of Kwong’s music – or personality, really. But when Kwong goes missing just days before his crowning performance and their mom gets wounded by a stray bullet, Run finds himself, with his sidekick, Ali, in the middle of a violent battle between Red Deer’s rival gangs – the Apes and the Necks – on the run from his crush’s behemoth brother, and rethinking his feelings about his family and their history, his hatred of rice-rap and what it means to be Asian.


Publisher Coach House Books