AsianVoices Archive: Poetry and Prose by Young Asian Writers

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 one of the following links to start exploring the poems, short stories, creative non-fiction and drama scripts.

  1. Bloodlines (family)
  2. Passions (love & heartbreak)
  3. Edible Words (food)
  4. Requiem (death & remembrance)
  5. Life’s Journey (innocence & experience)
  6. Reflections (self-discovery & spirituality)
  7. In Class: (school life & education)
  8. In Transit: (travel & transportation)
  9. Destinations (places)
  10. Nature
  11. Muses: (creativity, inspiration & the creative process)
  12. Conflict: (war and its effects)
  13. Scenes: (miscellaneous works)
  14. Kids’ Corner (for younger readers)
  15. Pets
  16. Friendship
  17. Emotions
  18. Haiku
  19. Brushstrokes (Chinese poems)

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 a new Asian writing site 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.

Writers would send in the work and I would sometimes format and upload it (and sometimes give suggestions for revisions). The definition of ‘Asian writers’ was quite broad and included non-Asians living in Asia and people of Asian ancestry living overseas.

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. 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.

Here is a sample page showing the design of the AsianVoices site:

Asian Voices: Sample Content Page

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 and Internet bandwidths (i.e., Internet speeds) were very low. Before insert even a small images, you would need to consider if the aesthetic effect would be worth page loading delays.

Acknowledgements

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 zijun01@gmail.com).

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2 thoughts on “AsianVoices Archive: Poetry and Prose by Young Asian Writers

  1. Dear Stephen,
    I am completing my second volume of “Asian Voices” which offers analysis of a broad cross-section of Asian texts including poetry, prose, film and memoirs. I have stumbled across your site and was wondering if your ex-students would like their work published and analysed. If suitable, they might even choose to write a short memoir piece that examines their poetic purpose and the issues they were exploring. The first volume did not feature any texts from Hong Kong composers and two of the poems that I would be interested in including are “Mother” from the ‘Destination’ group and ‘Cityscape’ from ‘Places’.
    It seems fated that some collaboration might be possible given that I have ttitled my educational resource books ‘Asian Voices’.
    You can view details about my work from my publisher’s site, including getting a sense of what ‘Asian Voices 1’ was like.
    http://www.phoenixeduc.com
    http://www.stannersenglish.com

    Regards,
    Barbara Stanners

    • Hi. Unfortunately, that web project was wrapped up around 12 years ago (with most of the entries having been posted 4 years before that), so I have long lost touch with almost all the writers (only some of whom were my students and none of whom were students at the school where I now teach). If I had been cleverer, I would have had them sign release forms allowing for the work to be republished, but that was my first such project.

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