In Search of an Asian American Outlet

2019 begins on somewhat of a bittersweet note. In case you haven’t already heard, the daily blog for You Offend Me You Offend My Family (YOMYOMF) has been shut down. As revealed in the message on the site, with many projects in both traditional and new media in various stages of production, it has become too difficult for the founders and creators to also uphold the daily blog as well. YOMYOMF will continue to have an active presence on social media; specifically on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

For those who don’t know, YOMYOMF was a pop culture blog founded by Justin Lin (director of “Better Luck Tomorrow” and several of the “Fast and Furious” films), that focused on news centered within the Asian, Asian American, and Pacific Islander communities. Since its founding in 2009, the platform has continued to expand and grow. Apart from the previously mentioned media projects, YOMYOMF had also launched the Interpretations Film Initiative and the YOMYOMF Network YouTube Channel (you might remember seeing the following video floating around back in 2012):

I came across YOMYOMF while I was still in college and became an adamant reader of it. It was an enjoyable hub of the Internet to go to read not only news, but also quirky insights from Asian American creatives. When the website was revamped back in 2016 to make it more accessible for anyone wanting to contribute, I decided to leap at the opportunity when a previous Asian American outlet I was with was fizzling out. I was welcomed with opened arms, and for two and half years, I was an active “Offender;” spotlighting cool videos of the Internet, writing up think pieces, reviews, and interviews with Asian American creatives (such as Tony Award-winning playwright David Henry Hwang, TV producer George Chung, director Patricio Ginelsa, director and rapper Ruby Ibarra, podcast producer Paola Mardo, among others).

I was saddened to learn of the shutdown of the daily blog, but overjoyed by the opportunities and the future of all that is in store. I humbly thank and wish the best of luck to those who kept it going all these years and to my fellow Offenders on all their future endeavors.

Now I look ahead, as I determine how I am to continue keeping my voice out there as the discussions regarding the API community (specifically in the media) continue on. I am in search of an outlet to go to and continue writing, and continue the goals that have formed throughout my time with YOMYOMF:

  • I want to be able to write on my own terms, especially since I too am busy with my own creative endeavors.
  • I want to continue conducting interviews with creatives of the community. Until this last year, the last time I conducted an interview period was back in 2016.
  • I want to be able to focus on the strives being made by APIs in the arts and entertainment industries.
  • I want to shed light beyond just those of East Asian ancestry, and also focus on the strives by Southeast Asians, South Asians, Hapas, and Pacific Islanders (a demographic that, from what I’ve observed, doesn’t often get as much attention or support from other outlets who claim so otherwise).
  • I want to deepen the conversations that are currently ongoing.

While I have had thoughts about maybe starting my own outlet, I don’t know if I’d be able to. I think it might be too difficult to run it when I’m already juggling so much. While I won’t sweep the idea under the rug, it’s not one I’m actively going after either.

So if anyone has any recommendations for any outlets that I can go to and write for, I would love to hear them. Having been an active voice in the API community for close to seven years now, I believe that as a mixed race Filipino American woman who’s a creative herself, I can provide a unique perspective on the conversations currently going on regarding APIs in the media and the arts.

If you are able to, I hope you can go support me in all that I do by leaving a tip over on Ko-fi. I do a lot of writing that I get paid very little for or not at all, and so this is a way of showing your support other than just reading my content. Donations of varying quantities and frequencies are greatly appreciated.

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