Steve Nguyen over at channelAPA and 8asians.com, recently announced that BANANA 2 is official and will be held on February 26, 2011, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the back lot of CBS Studios in Studio City, CA. BANANA 2 is a follow-up to the inaugural meeting in 2009 co-hosted by Steve Nguyen and Lac Su, author of I Love Yous Are For White People, who has 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.
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, 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, Sepia Mutiny and 8Asians.
Conference admission is $20 per person. Participants will be able to register online here now until Feb. 25, 2011. If you’re in the area, please come out and support this event.