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Li Charmaine Anne

I’m Charmaine and I write about culture, social justice, and mental health among other things.

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[Updated: 15 April 2021]


It’s not always safe to go out as an Asian woman, but I lean on the strength of my ancestors before me.

Black and white old photo of two young Chinese women lounge posing in long, floral gowns, 1910s/1920s style bob haircuts.
Black and white old photo of two young Chinese women lounge posing in long, floral gowns, 1910s/1920s style bob haircuts.
Channelling the strength of my ancestors. (Photo provided by author.)

I was sixteen and stuck on a chairlift.

“Man, there are so many Asian girls on the mountain today. Asian girls…


Last name Li, first name Charmaine. I write stuff.

Black and white doodle of a person in glasses, toque, short hair, with writing in front on a desk and mug of coffee.
Black and white doodle of a person in glasses, toque, short hair, with writing in front on a desk and mug of coffee.
Self-portrait provided by author.

Hi! I’m Charmaine :) I list my surname first in my bylines. You can call me Charmaine or Sharkii, which is the nickname a friend gave to me in Grade 6 that has stuck.

My Backstory

Since I was three, I’ve lived on the unceded territories of the Coast Salish Peoples , otherwise known as Vancouver, British Columbia Canada.

I…


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Sure, it’s difficult to become a doctor, but being a creative professional isn’t “easy” either

woman with glasses and pantsuit at table with coffee and laptop, head leaning on hand, thinking look.
woman with glasses and pantsuit at table with coffee and laptop, head leaning on hand, thinking look.
Photo: Magnet.me/Unsplash

Many of the friends I’ve grown up with have found success in medicine, law, business, engineering — you know, professions society traditionally deem important.


When I was in Grade 7, my 2nd year in a new school, I was suddenly pulled out of English class and made to do an ESL (English as a Second Language) evaluation for "kids who recently moved to Canada." I was born and raised in Canada. I had never, ever done an ESL test in my life. I was even in enriched Language Arts programs at my old school, and I had no interaction with ESL in Grade 6, which was my first year at that school (and which would have made more sense to make the mistake then).


I refuse to add more stress to my already boiling cauldron of anxiety.

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Obligatory Preface: I am not a healthcare professional and this article should not be taken as medical advice. For accurate information on nutrition, fitness, and Covid-19, visit the CDC website.


Is streaming really dangerous to the arts?

close-up of computer code.
close-up of computer code.
Photo by Markus Spiske on Unsplash

Around 2014, I downloaded Spotify for the first time. Since then, I have discovered a bounty of amazing new artists. I have added their songs to my playlists, bought their albums on vinyl, gone to their shows, and worn their overpriced merch.


Why we writers love the in-between

A hand reaching between two walls at a gap of light.
A hand reaching between two walls at a gap of light.
Photo by Matteo Vistocco on Unsplash

During Spring Break in my last year of high school, my aunt and uncle invited my parents and me to their time-share property in Mexico.


You may have a luxury that others lack.

Silhouette of person with curly hair and glasses staring thoughtfully into a starlit night sky.
Silhouette of person with curly hair and glasses staring thoughtfully into a starlit night sky.
Photo by prottoy hassan on Unsplash

How much time do you spend each day thinking?

Li Charmaine Anne

(She/They) Author on unceded Coast Salish territories (Vancouver, Canada). At work on first novel. Get links to read my stuff for free: https://bit.ly/2MleRqJ

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