Saturday, February 26, 2011

February 26, 2011 -- Banana 2 Conference

February 26, 2011
Visibility, Viability, Voice
CBS Studios
Studio City, CA

Jocelyn "Joz" Wang

Lac Su

Kai Ma
Editor in Chief

Kai Ma

Kai Ma

Ho Chie Tsai

Moye Ishimoto

Mekahlo Medina

Erin Yoshimura

Mekahlo Medina, Moye Ishimoto

Emil Guillermo,, Erica Johnson, Hapa Voice

Gil Asakawa

Suzanne Leung

Daigo Fujiwara

Emily Nakano Co, Gil Asakawa

Gil Asakawa

Suzanne Leung

Suzanne Leung, Emily Nakano Co

Emily Nakano Co

Gil Asakawa

Daigo Fujiwara

Erica Johnson

Edward Hong

N'Jaila Rhee

Mack Wei

MORE to Come ...!


A most wanted list of Asian Pacific Islander American bloggers from across the country will participate in BANANA 2 on February 26, 2011, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the back lot of CBS Studios in Studio City, Calif.

BANANA 2 is a follow-up to the inaugural convening in Nov. 2009 co-hosted by Lac Su, author of I Love Yous Are For White People (HarperCollins, 2009) and Steve Nguyen, a television/film producer and head of the’s Los Angeles division, who enlisted the help of a small group of bloggers and community activists to produce an event highlighting and amplifying the online voices of Asian Americans.

“We are excited to have a talented group of established and up-and-coming bloggers from the APIA community at this second annual gathering to share their voices, knowledge, endeavors and visions with others – bloggers and non-bloggers, APIAs and non-APIAs,” said Su. “All of the bloggers expected to attend have unique views of their own community, and will share their progression as an APIA blogger.”

The conference will provide an opportunity for bloggers and their readers to build a stronger community by beginning conversations and building relationships beyond the conference. Conference panels will include topics on using blogs and social media to create meaningful social change, working with businesses and corporations and defining the role of Asian American bloggers.

The first gathering featured bloggers from Angry Asian Man, Minority Militant, 8Asians, Neaato (Network of Entertaining Asian American Talent), Hyphen Magazine, Mochi Magazine, Channel APA, Bicoastal Bitchin’, AArising, Antisocial Ladder, Nikkei View, VisualizAsian, Kimchi Mamas, Asian Pacific Americans for Progress, DVAN (Diasporic Vietnamese American Network), bigWOWO, and Sepia Mutiny.

Conference admission is $20 per person. Participants will be able to register online at now until Feb. 25, 2011. A complete schedule of panels and presenters will be announced in late Jan. 2011.

A list of articles, posts, photos and video related to last year’s gathering is available at the end of Gil Asakawa’s blog post at You can connect with BANANA 2 at and at

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