Blacksmith publisher Pete Spurrier was among four writers who shared their insights with Hong Kong members of the Asian American Journalists Association on the evening of April 3. Pete has written guidebooks to Hong Kong, while the other authors — Cameron Dueck, Michelle Yu and Blossom Kan — have written travelogues and novels, so there were different perspectives and a lot of variety to the discussion.
If you missed the fun, you can still follow the discussion on the high-tech AAJA blog — their webmaster was live-tweeting the whole event!
Asian Americans in the USA finally discover that through the media is the best way for empowerment. America is a society which promotes participation and to be assertive. To be heard is to have power.
In the USA, like Los Angeles, there is the East West Player, which is a theater devoted to performances of Asian themes or by Asian performers. Asian Americans do not have the opportunities to appear in different roles like the Caucasian actors. Hence they need a theater to foster their skills. They need the support of other American Asians to support them. Hence, by the same token, the small H K publisher needs the local readers and the community to support the publishing, otherwise the publisher won’t survive.