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Bruce Rutledge
August 22, 2020

We are launching an environmental imprint
Bruce Rutledge
August 3, 2020

Announcing our autobiographical novel writing contest
Bruce Rutledge
July 24, 2020

Discover Nikkei reviews Persimmon and Frog
Bruce Rutledge
May 13, 2020

For Ellis
David Rutledge
April 9, 2020

A Review of The Italian Barrel, 1240 Decatur
David Rutledge
March 30, 2020

Report from the French Quarter
David Rutledge
March 25, 2020

A Vida Count of Our Very Own
Tracy Wang
October 25, 2017

Bookshelves: the Ideal, the DIY, and the Real Life
Emmaline Cotter
June 5, 2017

Eggnog, Hot Cider, Mulled Wine, and What Else?
Jin Chang
December 15, 2016

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A Vida Count of Our Very Own
Tracy Wang
October 25, 2017

The 2016 VIDA Count is finally out as of Oct 17th, and we find both improvement and setback in terms of women writer representation in major literary publications and reviews.


Some publications (Poetry, Tin House etc.) represented many more women writers, and were on a steady rise toward gender parity. However, some of them (London Review of Books, The Nation etc.) actually backslid, or remained the same as before.


Seeing the statistics made us wonder how we were doing. As a publisher with an East Asian focus, we’re bound to have more writers of color than a typical press, but how was our gender parity? A count of our six releases in 2016 shows that seven out of twelve authors and translators were women, and five of the seven were women of color of different nationalities. We’ll be interested to see how these numbers change next year, and what other data we can provide for things like age, education, and dis/ability, especially since Ghosts of Seattle Past gave a much larger cast of characters than usual. The statistics from VIDA keep us aware of and accountable to which voices we’re recognizing here at Chin Music Press.

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