This morning, I was honoured to discover that Reappropriate was listed by NBC as one of 2015’s Asian American blogs to watch!
Today, NBC reported on the decision by pioneering Asian American blogger Nelson Wong to end AARisings after an epic 25 year run. Wong began AARisings as the record label Shock wAAve Records, but the site metamorphosed into a forum for aggregating Asian American entertainment news. For much of its time, AARisings was the go-to place for keeping pace with the budding Asian American entertainment and music scene; however, Wong notes that with the growing centrality of social media as a form of news sharing, the need for AARisings has shifted. Acknowledging this, Wong has decided to take this opportunity to focus his energies on other projects.
In an interview with Slant Eye for the Round Eye, Wong says:
While most of us who have been blogging in the Asian American blogosphere for a long time are sad to see a titan of the blogosphere shutter his doors, I completely understand Wong’s decision. Blogging is an incredible, typically selfless commitment of both time and energy (not to mention money). 25 years is an incredible amount of time to have dedicated oneself to this kind of activity; Wong should be proud of his quarter-century of service to the Asian American community.
Meanwhile, we must also recognize that blogging — like all community activism — can never be individually sustainable for life. People’s priorities shift, and their resources wax and wane. Sustainability comes from viewing activism as the work not of an individual, but of a community; to that end, one of the chief goals of any activist is to cultivate and mentor the next generation of movement leaders.
In that vein, NBC created a list of prominent Asian American bloggers who remain active and who are positioned to take the reins being relinquished by Nelson Wong; I am honoured and humbled that NBC included Reappropriate on that list. I’m in good company, too:
In addition, I’d add a few more blogs to that list of 2015’s Asian American blogs to watch. Most are authored by writers younger than myself and whom I would consider the next generation . They include: Fascinasians, Alton.Wang, Slant Eye for the Round Eye, Hyphen Magazine’s blog, NancyLeong.com, and The Other Asians.
I’d also encourage readers and anyone who has been toying with the idea of blogging to do so in 2015, particularly any AAPI writer who speaks from an experience distinct from the traditional East Asian, middle-class background that is already well-represented in the AAPI blogosphere. A strong blogosphere is not just a large one (which ours is not) but also one that speaks to the broad diversity of perspectives encompassed by the community it serves.
We want you to write. We need you to write. Please pick 2015 to be your year to start an Asian American blog.
Do you have a favourite up-and-coming Asian American blog to watch in 2015? Please add it in the comments below!
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