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In memoriam: Dr. Victor Chang

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of one of our own, our longstanding Editor, colleague and friend, Dr. Victor Chang. Dr. Chang dedicated himself to JWIL‘s life and influence for over twenty years, serving first as Co-Editor from 1987-2002 and then as Editor-in-Chief from 2002-2009. Dr. Chang also provided the University of the West Indies, Mona campus, and its Department of Literatures in English with distinguished and dedicated service for thirty-two years. From 1990-1994, he served on the Executive of the University of the West Indies Publisher’s Association, a position in which he further facilitated the publication of Caribbean scholarly work. Dr. Chang was also a Co-Editor of CARIB, and was a Guest Editor of the Caribbean Quarterly issue “The Chinese in the Caribbean”, and Kunapipi XIV.2 (1992). He also helped provide a much needed outlet for writers of fiction and poetry during his twenty-five-year stint as Editor of Pathways, a journal of creative writing. Dr. Chang’s academic career was characterized by involvement with the wider community and beyond having served as a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Hull, England in 1981, carried out assignments with the Ministry of Education in Jamaica and Jamaica Festival. For some 20 years, he was a contributor to the National Association for Teachers of English Workshops and was Assistant Chief Examiner in English Literature with the Caribbean Examinations Council from 1987-1992. He also gave record service to the West Indian Association for Commonwealth Language and Literature Studies (WIACLALS), serving as Chairman from 1994-2006, as Secretary and Treasurer from 2007-2009, and as Secretary from 1981-1992, a total period of twenty-five years. We at JWIL, along with the broader Caribbean literary and academic community, deeply mourn his untimely loss.