July 22, 2011 | Yvonne Lim Wilson
Social media is all about taking the interactions you have with family and friends, but doing it on a very broad scale, with the ability to communicate with those half a world away, according to Austin Judge Ramey Ko.
Ko shared his insights on “Social Media and Social Movements” at the Asians in Media and Communications (AIMC) group held on July 19 at Satay Restaurant.
“Asian Americans are really leading the industry. I feel we’re poised to be leaders in the media,” Ko said.
Ko talked about his experience working with the Howard Dean campaign, the early victories and also lessons learned.
“Fundraising is the easiest thing to do with social media. Traditionally, fundraising is the most difficult,” Ko said. “The hardest thing was to get people to get off their chairs and talk to people.”
AIMC is a new group open to those working in journalism, marketing, public relations and other media and communications industries serving the Asian community. Yvonne Lim Wilson founded the organization to better connect the Asian community as a whole.
“For those of us who work in media and communications, it’s our job to provide information to better connect our community. So the better we can connect among ourselves, the better we can serve our communities,” Lim Wilson said.
AIMC attendees also shared news updates with the group. Some highlights include:
Esther Chung, Austin History Center
- Upcoming online photo exhibit on first Asians in Austin - New Asian American Behavioral Health Network working to establish a directory of Asian mental health, social work and counseling professionals
Ramey Ko, Capital Area Asian American Democrats
- Seeking a new volunteer Communications Director - Center for Asian Pacific American Women hosting a Leadership Summit, Sept. 23 and 24 in Houston - Asian American Pacific Islander Health Summitt, Nov. 4 in Houston - Diwali event in the fall hosted by CAAAD
Harish Kotecha, Hindu Charities for America, Austin South Asian:
- Hindu Charities For America is funding school supplies to Austin's homeless children - Austin Interfaith Arts & Music Festival, concert Sep 11 and festival Oct 29.
- Be the Change national day of service, Oct. 1. www.bethechangeaustin.org - i-Fest, Aug. 14 - Indian Independence Day at Austin Events Center, N. Lamar.
Eric and Kris Pham, Phame Factory
- Optioned a book and working on a film
Yvonne Lim Wilson
- Lawmaker calls for apology for Chinese Exclusion Act, http://www.asianaustin.com/news/show/180
Julie Wu, Epoch Times
- Shen Yun, Dec. 29 and 30 at the Long Center
Chun Hua Zhao
- Austin-China Sister Cities program