V3con is very excited that David Ono will be moderating the Plenary Session, “Asian Spotting in the Traditional Media”, at V3con on Saturday, Aug. 25, 2012 at the Japanese American National Museum.
So let’s get to know David a little better…
What is your favorite social media tool? Blogging? Facebook? Twitter?
Facebook. It wins by default even though I’m still learning my way through it. I still don’t tweet, even though I have a Twitter account. I have blogged in the past but not in the last couple of years. Basically, I’m a social media moron. I only recently started on Facebook after my managers sat me down for a rather impressive presentation on the value of social media, especially a when it comes to young people and how they view, monitor and share the news. It’s clearly the future. Television is going the way of the dinosaur but still valuable…just no longer the only game in town.
What are you looking forward to at V3con?
I’m hoping to learn more about social media, etc. but more importantly, I see this conference as the future. I think it’s a brilliant idea that is especially useful to the new generation of journalists, wannabe journalists and even old timers like me who want to remain relevant in our profession. Much like the early days of Trivia Bowl, V3con is something that someday can really take off and be a marquee event for AAJA.
Your favorite LA hangout spot?
FarBar. It literally sits about 100 feet from the venue for V3con. Yes, it’s become a hip bar but it has an amazing history in the Asian American community of Los Angeles (look for the large neon “Chop Suey” sign that sits on 1st street in Little Tokyo). This one-time Chinese restaurant has sat in the middle of Little Tokyo for generations. When the Japanese American community was sent to the internment camps during World War Two, the folks at “Chop Suey” were left alone since they were of Chinese descent. They stayed in the J-Town community protecting residents property. After the war, when people returned from the camps, they had little money, so “Chop Suey” provided cheap but good warm food to them so they could reestablish that sense of community. Now, times have changed and few people know the history of this place. Today, we call it FarBar but the “Chop Suey” sign remains and the old authentic turn of the century booths are still part of its interior. Most people think it’s just a cool downtown bar…but it’s much more than that to the people who care about Little Tokyo.
-Renee Eng, V3con blogger