V3con is very excited that Phil Yu will be speaking at V3con on Saturday, Aug. 25, 2012 at the Japanese American National Museum.
What do you want readers to take away from the Angry Asian Man blog?
I run the blog with three basic goals for the reader: to be entertained, informed or activated about our experiences as Asian Americans. I know lots of people visit the blog for various reasons, but the hope is they’ll come for, say, entertainment-related content, but perhaps also stick around to read something educational that moves them to action.
How has blogging opened doors for you?
In more ways than I ever could have anticipated. But what I’m most grateful for are all the relationships I’ve been able to forge through the blog. I’ve been able to meet so many interesting many people. Artists, entertainers, writers, filmmakers, activists, leaders — including heroes that I’ve admired for many years. It’s also just affirming to see opportunities open up because of something I love doing. I’d do it anyway, but the open doors are amazing, and continue to surprise me.
We’re also featuring Lela Lee and her Angry Little Asian Girl blog. Although the focus of her content is different, how did her blog inspire you initially?
The more I think about it, her original comic strip was hugely influential. She was the artist who originally introduced me to the idea of an “Angry Asian.” At the time, it felt like such a weird and funny concept, but the more I thought about it, I realized the value of what that could actually mean.
How many hours/week does your blog require? What motivates you to keep it running?
It’s like a full-time job. I certainly put in full-time hours. But I’m motivated to keep at it consistently because I find a sense of purpose through it, and I know people are reading it. It has its ups and downs. Sometimes it feels like I’m chained to a monster, and I have to go where it takes me. But most of the time I’m just glad to have a place to get my voice out there, and it reaches people so effectively.