This was a website I ran featuring creative writing by young Asian writers. The site featured over 200 poems, stories and essays by a wide variety of writers. I am now in the process of uploading an archival version of the website (longzijun.wordpress.com/asianvoices).
Writers would send in the work and I would sometimes format and upload it (and sometimes give suggestions for revisions).
I started the website in 1997 as an outlet for the creative writing of students in a language arts course I was teaching at City University. The following year, I expanded it to include Hong Kong writers (it was known as Expressions HK at that time). A couple of years later, the scope of the site expanded once more to include work by Asian writers. The definition of ‘Asian writers’ was quite broad and included non-Asians living in Asia and people of Asian ancestry living overseas.
One reason I shut down the site was that seemed to have outlived its usefulness. Times have changed since I started the website; it is now much easier for writers to post their own work on the web. In 2004, I stopped working at the City University of Hong Kong, where the site was hosted, so that forced me into deciding whether or not I should continue to develop it. One way to make the site more successful would have been to make it more like a community (something I didn’t have the time to do). Fortunately another website—Cha: An Asian Literary Journal (http://www.asiancha.com/) has taken up where I left off, serving AsianVoices’ original purpose of being a platform for young Asian writers (and writers in Asia) while taking the concept one step further by trying to build a stronger sense of community among writers with its blog (http://asiancha.blogspot.com/)
Go to the archived version of AsianVoices.
~by Stephen Richards (longzijun)
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