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Jocelyn "Joz" Wang of 8Asians
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How can you connect and engage people to create a community online that is more than just another website? How are AAPI bloggers building communities online? The panelists will discuss some success stories as well as how existing offline organizations are utilizing blogs and social media to extend their communities beyond traditional methods. This session will also provide resources and tools for existing and aspiring community builders, as well as some questions to ask and answer before determining a community building strategy.
The Asian American blogosphere (as represented in the richness of Banana’s panels) covers a lot of ground, from the political to the whimsical, from foodies to Asian pop fanatics to bloggers that focus on specific communities. AAPI blogs can be about the Asian experience or exclusively about the Asian American experience. There are even blogs by Asian Americans that have nothing to do with Asian American culture, values or identity. What does it mean to be an Asian American blogger?
Some of the most interesting and exciting AAPI bloggers will be at the Banana 2 Conference! Lac Su and Joz Wang will lead some icebreakers and all participants will have a chance to showcase their blogs to other attendees. Be ready to share with everyone what your blog is about, why you started blogging, or why you’re attending this conference!
How does one make a difference in the world with only their computer/smartphone at their disposal? Can an everyday person become a social media activist and take the steps to create real, tangible change in this world? Is it even possible? Or is it naive and wishful thinking? In this panel, we will discuss the possibility of this matter and whether or not we can take advantage of the blogging/social media world to make a stand.
While some bloggers will cover Asian Americana from A to Z, others choose to concentrate on a particular niche, interest, or theme. From food to fatherhood, erotica to living Lao’d, many Asian American bloggers are converging online around targeted topics. How does the blogosphere build community around a distinct yet shared passion or issue? Do bloggers feel compelled to highlight or de-emphasize their “Asian American experience”? How do bloggers stand out when writing about a popular subject, such as food or parenting? This panel will explore these questions, as well as how bloggers’ identities – ethnic and otherwise — may or may not intersect with and influence their perspectives on specific topics.
Steve Nguyen from channelAPA.com will host a panel discussion featuring a number of notable Asian American musicians in the social media field who will examine how their industry has created significant shifts in how musicians and fans interact.
This panel will focus on the evolution of social media and how it has radically changed the way musicians distribute content, interact with fans, and build their brands. They will also be discussing the importance of communicating and promoting exclusive experiences on their respective network.
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26th February 2011