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I launched Chinese American Family in October 2016 because I couldn’t find parenting resources for multicultural families like mine when I searched online. I decided then to create a central digital destination for the diverse community of Chinese American families here in the United States. This labor of love continues today.
Fast forward to the present and the Chinese American online world remains fragmented and underserved. Chinese American news and culture is sprinkled across the mainstream media, featured in single posts on personal blogs and commingled with broader Asian American topics. It remains challenging for author and audience to find one another.
However, with a bit of work, I’ve managed to assemble a collection of online voices which speak to a distinct Chinese American experience that inspires me today. Think of these writers as the virtual news, sports, food, arts and opinions staff of a Chinese American newspaper that I wish I could will into existence.
Until that day comes, I’m excited to share with you below a list of 25 influential online voices that I follow every day, primarily through my Twitter feed, but also through frequent visits to their web sites and social media accounts. It’s a diverse group that celebrates the community’s many contributions to American life and reflects the fact that there are many different ways to be Chinese American.
News & Commentary
Angry Asian Man: Commentary and analysis focusing on the representation of Asian Americans in mass media and popular culture. The link below filters on articles about Chinese Americans. Twitter | Web Site
Frank Wu: I discovered Frank when he spoke at the 2017 This Land Is Our Land conference. I think he offers sharp analysis about Chinese Americans and the subject of race in America. Twitter | Web Site
Dat Winning: Every newspaper needs a sports section and Dat Winning fits the bill as “Sports from an Asian American perspective or something like that.” The link below filters for all things Linsanity. Twitter | Web Site
History & Culture
Him Mark Lai Digital Archive: Like getting lost in the stacks of your favorite library. Contains over 200 works from the original “dean of Chinese American studies,” Him Mark Lai. Get lost in an article during your coffee break. Web Site
Chinese American Historian: Nuggets from retired professor turned historian John Jung. It’s both enlightening and bothersome to see how frequently you’ll react by saying, “I didn’t know that!” Twitter | Web Site
Voices From Chinatown
David Chan: David Chan is a third-generation Chinese American who has eaten at more than 7,000 Chinese restaurants. His insights about Chinese food tell as much about the Chinese American story. Web Site | Personal Blog
Arts & Style
Banana Magazine: Coopting the term sometimes applied to American Born Chinese, Banana Magazine navigates blurred Eastern and Western boundaries to create a voice for contemporary Asian culture. Twitter | Web Site
Parenting & Family
Bicultural Mama: Maria Wen Adcock, a Chinese American mom in a bicultural family living in Long Island, writes about “creating the best of both worlds” through culture, food and travel. Twitter | Web Site
Betty Ming Liu: The self-described “happy, recovering daughter of Chinese immigrants,” Betty Ming Liu shares her journey as a writer, single mom, cat lady, and divorced empty nester. Twitter | Web Site
Ripped Jeans and Bifocals: One of my favorite parenting blogs from the adoptive community, Jill Robbins writes about bringing Chinese culture into her family’s life in Texas with her two sons. Twitter | Web Site
Your turn! What Chinese American perspectives do you follow online? Who else would you add to this list? I’d love to hear from you in the comments section below!