Asian American Bloggers In The News

Monday, December 15, 2008

News and pics of your Asian American bloggers in the news:

APA Blogs: Creating Societal Change in the Blogsphere

As the media transitions into the cyber world, the means of personal expression also enters the online frontier. What used to be a personal diary hidden under the pillowcase can now be read by anyone with the increase in popularity of blogs and Web communities.

"I started the Alpha Asian Blog as a way to showcase the creativity and positive energy of Asians and Asian Americans," said James Chan, creator and administrator of Alpha Asian Blog, which showcases original videos and forums by APAs. "I've observed lots of talented Asians representing the community in a positive manner and contributing to society. I wanted to compile these positive and talented role models and present them to the world."

From community activism to concert reviews, like many non-Asian bloggers, APA bloggers write about everything from the presidential election to an up and coming new band.

"The purpose of YellowBuzz is to fill in the void of Asian American representation in music," Wendy Hsu, creator and administrator of Yellow Buzz, said. "The blog explores the diverse musical lives in Asian America. It discusses performances and recordings involving Asian and Asian American musicians."
Fame or Shame in Asian America 2.0

Asian American theater company East West Players brought together last weekend at The Grove those behind the academic, the angry, and the “viciously hilarious” voices on the Internet to discuss how technology impacts perceptions of Asian American beauty.

Featuring bloggers Phil Yu from, Disgrasian’s Diana Nguyen and Jen Wang and Ada Tseng from Asia Pacific Arts, “Beyond Brains or Boobs, Beauty in Asia America 2.0” was one of four panels organized to coincide with Jon Lawrence Rivera’s production of The Joy Luck Club, which closed last weekend at the David Henry Hwang Theater at the Union Center for the Arts.

The panelists, who all had grown up during the 1980s, recalled how Wayne Wang’s 1993 film version of Amy Tan’s 1989 bestseller was a groundbreaking.