May 25, 2012

Blog Notes: Asian American Edition

This week my focus is on Asian American blogs. After all, May is Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month.  Asian Americans influence and cultural contributions are as vast and diverse as, well, the continent of Asia.   Whether it’s entertainment, medicine, arts, sports, business or food, American culture would look pretty unfamiliar without Asian Americans. Not surprisingly, there are a great many blogs out there, telling the tale of Asian Americans. However, it does feel a little bit strange calling them, “great Asian American blogs.”  Because, really these are just great blogs. They just so happen to be written by Asian Americans. So with that in mind, let’s take a brief tour of these great blogs.

The name 8 Asians is a bit misleading. Sure, it’s a blog about the Asian American (and Asian Canadian) experience. But, really, there are more than eight contributors these days. Still, changing domain names each time the masthead grows would be prohibitively expensive. So, we’ll give them a pass on that one. If I were to pitch this blog, I’d look for anything to do with Asian American culture, specifically entertainment. Check out the full review here.

Angry Asian Man isn’t always angry. At times, he’s even funny. But, he has very little patience for the misrepresentation of Asians in the media. (We’re looking at you, Ashton Kutcher!) The blog also points out positive examples of Asian American cultural contributions, however. If I were to pitch this blog, I’d look for anything to do with Asian Americans and music or film. Anything at all to do with Jeremy Lin might also work. Check out the full review here.

Nikkeiview is written from the perspective of a Japanese American man. He’s a third-generation American, yet he was born in Japan. And that straddling between two cultures informs the tone and perspective of this blog.   If I were to pitch this blog, I’d look for anything to do with Japanese American culture.  I probably wouldn’t pitch this blog stories having only to do with Japan or Japanese culture. There’s a difference. Check out the full review here.

Kimchi Mamas is a blog written by and for Korean mothers living in the United States in Canada. It covers the gamut of everything from pop music to relationship issues and just about everything in between. If I were to pitch this blog, I’d look for anything to do with Asian Americans and women. Parenting stories and general entertainment might also work here, too. Check out the full review here.

Absolutely Fobulous isn’t a misspelling. Rather, it’s a blog embracing the cultures that sit between two far away places. These bloggers may identify themselves as “fresh off the boat”, but the blog hardly seems naive or inexperienced.  At times, it’s a lighthearted. But, they’re also quick to point out injustices or misrepresentations. If I were to pitch this blog, I’d look for stories that deal with Asian American’s contributions to entertainment or food. Check out the full review here.

That’s all for now. In the meantime, if there’s a blog I should be reviewing, drop me a line or a note in the comments, and I’ll take a look. Until next time…

Author Tom Hynes is PR Newswire’s manager of blogger relations. And as you may have guessed, he has a twitter account.

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