This archival version of AsianVoices features over 200 poems, stories and articles by young Asian poets and writers. AsianVoices was a website that I managed from 1997 to 2004. The contributors were mainly young adults and older teens (so there are mature themes in some of the works).
The poems, stories, articles and plays are categorized according to themes like family, love, death, travel and spirituality. You can click the following links to start exploring the poems, short stories, creative non-fiction and drama scripts.
- Bloodlines: Family
- Passions: Love & heartbreak
- Edible Words: Food
- Life’s Journey: Innocence & experience
- Scenes: Everyday life
- Requiem: Death & remembrance
- Reflections: Self-discovery & spirituality
- In Class: School life & education
- In Transit: Travel & transportation
- Destinations: Places
- Nature: Animals & the environment
- Muses: The creative process
- Conflict: War and its effects
- Kids’ Corner: For younger readers
- Pets: About, for and by pets
- Friendship: Cherished bonds
- Emotions: Emotional states
- Haiku: Concise poems
- Brushstrokes: Chinese-language works
If you are interested in reading newer work or if you are a writer interested in publishing your work, I would suggest submitting your poems or stories to Asian writing sites such as AsianCha or The Asian Writer.
About the Original Site
The AsianVoices site started as an online publication for my students at City University. I then opened up the site to contributions from other young writers in Hong Kong (it was called ExpressionsHK at that time) before blossoming into a pan-Asian site. This is why many of the works are by Hong Kong writers.
Writers would send in the work and I would format and upload it (and sometimes give suggestions for revisions). The definition of ‘Asian writers’ was broad and included non-Asians living in Asia and people of Asian ancestry living overseas. More experienced guest writers also contributed some of their works.
In 2004, I stopped working at the City University of Hong Kong, where the site was hosted. Fortunately another website—Cha: An Asian Literary Journal—took 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.
I thought it would be a shame for the wonderful contributions I received to disappear forever, so I have published this archive of the site here.
Here is a sample page showing the design of the AsianVoices site:
Doing website design at that time was especially challenging because monitor sizes were small (e.g., many people were still using a monitor resolution of 640 x 480—the above screenshot, for example would have taken up most of the screen horizontally and you would have to scroll down to see the whole page) and Internet speeds were very low. Before inserting even a small image, you would need to consider if the aesthetic effect would be worth the page-loading delay.
I would like to thank all the contributors for their participation in the AsianVoices experience. I received a lot of pleasure and inspiration from reading their poetry and fiction (longzijun: longzijun.wordpress.com firstname.lastname@example.org).
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