Banana 2 Recap

It’s been just over a week since the Banana 2 convening of APIA bloggers went down in Studio City, Los Angeles on February 26th. And boy howdy, what an incredible gathering it was.

BCB attended last year — and major props to Lac Su (I Love Yous Are for White People) and Steve Nguyen (channelAPA) for masterminding and producing the conference through pure sweat, love, and determination from the very beginning. But Banana 2, with over 200 attendees, a slick venue (including a big-ass twitter wall), and a well-oiled agenda, was leagues ahead of the inaugural 2009 convening.

pic by Diana Wei

I was juiced to moderate the “niche communities” panel, titled: “Fixated: Topic-specific Blogging”. While I’m happy to report that I met my ambitious goal of not upchucking during the Q & A or falling off the stage, what really made the session a success was the engaging, sharp panel of bloggers: N’jaila Rhee (Blasian Bytch), Jot Vorapaychith (Live LAO’d), Jason Sperber (Rice Daddies) and Marvin Gapultos (Burnt Lumpia & Manila Machine). Check ’em out, they are ’bout it ’bout it.

pics by Diana Wei

And although AzN didn’t fulfill his dream of meeting Gary Sinise at the after-party on the CSI:NY set, he can say that he parked in the same lot as his new fave show of all time forever and ever amen…Outsourced.

Hope to see y’all next year at an even bigger and better B3!

UStream of the Topic-specific blogging session and other B2 panels here.

Post-panel interview with Ted Nguyen here.

Lots o’ pics here.

Excellent recap by Hyphen’s Sylvie Kim here.


Friday Fuckery: Yellow Peril L.A. Release Par-tay!

For those of you in the Los Angeles area: be sure to drop by the Banana 2 After-after-party and launch of the Yellow Peril by ChimCo.  What is the Yellow Peril you say? Well, you’ll have to come through to find out. Don’t yell at me! Sweet Jeebus, my nerves. Did I mention you can also partake in sake, shochu, & food specials starting at $5? There, better?

Plus it’s AzN’s 16th Bday (plus a million years)! Don’t tell the barkeep he ain’t sippin’ on no Shirley Temple.

See you there!

Saturday February 26th

9 pm to 2 am

The Far Bar (J-Town)

347 East 1st St, Los Angeles

FRIZEE (with giveaways & drink specials, fool!)

This Saturday! BCB at BANANA 2

Hey BCBers! We wanted to remind you that Sherdizz, AzNHeartthrob & CBruhs will be at the Banana 2 APIA Bloggers Conference this Saturday February 26th in Studio City, Los Angeles! Let’s all meet up and talk about blogging, blog about talking, talkybloggydrinkybloggyfunfunyeeahhboyyeee.

More info and full agenda here and here.

CBruhs will be moderating the panel called “Fixated: Topic-Specific Blogging” at 3 pm — so feel free to come through and heckle her. But be nice to the kick-butt panelists (N’jaila Rhee from Blasian Bytch, Cubicle Jot of Live Lao’d, Jason Sperber from Rice Daddies, and Marvin Gapultos of Burnt Lumpia) — or CBruhs will go all wild style on your azz (I don’t know what that means either).

See you there!

Win Two Free Passes to BANANA 2

Free stuff time! BCB is giving away two free passes to our readers for the February 26th BANANA 2 conference (yes, we know not everyone will be a fan of the name) of Asian Pacific Islander American bloggers at CBS Studios in Los Angeles (regular admission is $20)!

Cbruhs will also be moderating theFixated: Topic-specific Blogging” panel, so here’s your chance to see if she can string a coherent sentence together and make fun of her haircut in person. AZNHeartthrob will also be there, kickin’ it by the cheese table and being all heartthrobby and stuff. More info on the gathering here.

To enter, go to, select Bicoastal Bitchin from the menu, and submit your name and contact information. Passes are  for conference admission only and do not include travel or lodging. Entry deadline is January 25.

Connect with BANANA 2 on Facebook and Twitter at and at

Thanks Keith!

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