The East Asia Gazette, at its core, is about one very simple value:
Bridging the gap between East and West.
We intend to do this by reaching into the hearts and minds of East Asian peoples, presenting their oft unspoken sentiments to an Anglophone audience. Through increased awareness, it is our hope that our words may translate into positive action.
From times immemorial, East Asia has been a vast plateau of fertile cultural developments, and its people have contributed immense riches to every realm of human knowledge. In recent decades, East Asia has undergone astounding developments and changes, many of which never reach the eyes and ears of the Anglosphere. The are multiple reasons for this, such as a general apathy for that part of the world, poor journalism that fails to convey a story’s overarching importance within a global context, or perhaps, a shallow understanding of the influence of East Asia in our daily lives.
As a consequence, we have a natural proclivity for accusing our differences instead of celebrating our similarities. We distinguish between here and there, inside and outside, them and us, instead of realizing that we are all part of the same magnificent tapestry, a ripple of water in the same ocean. It is our intent to impart this value unto our readers.
Rapid communication has granted us countless benefits. At the same time, trotting faster has become our way of life: we have all become active participants in a race to the swift where information is consumed like plastic cups, only to be thrown away. Rapidity has whittled our time to dream, to be amazed, to be horrified, to be moved, to love and to be left alone to reflect. We at The East Asia Gazette would like to pause for a moment, reflect, and create a conversation around the important issues concerning that part of the globe we so fervently love.
If you share our dream, if it is your calling to create constructive dialogue between East and West, we think you may find value in our project.