Before I was a critic I was a human being

Before I Was A Critic I Was A Human Being

This debut collection of creative nonfiction stories by Amy Fung takes a closer examination at Canada’s mythologies of multiculturalism, settler colonialism, and identity through the lens of a national art critic. Following the tangents of a foreign-born perspective and the complexities and complicities in participating in ongoing acts of colonial violence, the book as a whole takes the form of a very long land acknowledgement. Taken individually, each story roots itself in the learning and unlearning process of a first generation settler immigrant as she unfurls each region’s sense of place and identity.

Forthcoming Spring/Summer 2019 (Co-published by Artspeak and Book*hug Press)


Past Readings for this project:

September 28, 2018, SALT BOX FESTIVAL solo reading, Swirsky’s, Corner Brook, Newfoundland

June 15, 2018 PUBLISHING AND THE SELF panel organized by the National Indigenous Media Arts Coalition, Wanuskewin Heritage Park, Saskatoon

March 22, 2018 DIFFICULT PEOPLE reading tour with Divya Mehra, Open Space Victoria

March 17, 2018, DIFFICULT PEOPLE reading with Divya Mehra and Kim Nguyen, Night Gallery, Los Angeles

February 28, 2018, DIFFICULT PEOPLE reading with Divya Mehra, Art Metropole, Toronto

January 17, 2018, A BRIEF AND UNRELIABLE HISTORY reading with Ted Kerr and moderator Chris Chang-Yen Phillips, dC3 Projects and Bookstore, Edmonton

October 4, 2017, VIEWS FROM THE 4TH, South Asian Visual Arts Centre, Toronto

September 17, 2017, NEVER THE SAME symposium, Contemporary Calgary, Calgary


This is one of the 200 exceptional projects funded through the Canada Council for the Arts’ New Chapter program. With this $35M investment, the Council supports the creation and sharing of the arts in communities across Canada.