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Writers' Guidelines

ThingsAsian.com is a collection of articles, facts, artwork, photographs and maps of various countries of Asia. Although we cover a wide range of topics, our emphasis is on art, culture, history and travel. Some of the countries we currently cover are Burma, Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Macau, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

ThingsAsian.com does not sell tickets or tours. Instead, we provide the information and resources that would be useful to our readers, whether they are just curious, want to learn about a country or a particular subject, or they are planning their own real or virtual trips to the exotic Orient.

Our Readers

We have a diverse readership: individual travelers with an interest in Asia; travel professionals who are involved in the Asian travel market, armchair travelers interested in Asia, educators, researchers, adoptive parents, business people, students, veterans and Asian-Americans.

Our Writers and Photographers

Our writers and photographers are people who come from a broad range of professions and traveled to Asia either in the course of business or out of personal interest. Many of them are amateur writers and photographers and were moved by the region's beauty and the friendliness of its people to contribute articles and pictures to ThingsAsian. Several of our regular contributors have studied the local language, culture and art in depth; some are recognized experts on Asia in their respective fields.

What Makes Up ThingsAsian.com

What we publish falls into three broad categories. Written articles, photographic essays and fact files. These are divided into topics: architecture, art, culture, fashion, food, literature, music, people, shopping and travel. Written articles range between 500 to 2,000 words. Photo essays generally have 10-12 photographs with long descriptive captions.

What We Look For

We want to promote Asia in a positive light because we believe it is a fantastic travel destination. We look for personal accounts of American travelers in Asia.

Some of our most popular features have been stories by veterans returning to a beautiful country and some are by students, emigrants or refugees who left at a very young age and are now curious about their heritage.

These stories should be relatively current. Our readers would like to know about you, the writer or photographer, why you happened to be in Asia, where and how you traveled, the people you met, what you enjoyed and your feelings about your visit. The topics you cover could be anything in which you have expertise or interest.

In Architecture, we write about the architecture of old Hanoi, Vietnam. Or we show photographs contrasting the new skyscrapers of Malaysia with the old colonial style buildings.

In Arts, we have written about an old embroidery shop in Hanoi, the history of woodblock printing. Or we feature a contemporary Asian artist and some of his or her work. Both traditional and contemporary art are of interest.

Photography in our Art topic section is one of the most popular stops, with photos from amateur photographers as well as world-class professionals. And they do show that a picture is many times worth a thousand words.

Our Culture experts deal in subjects such as temples and festivals, the history of popular songs, indigenous religions, long lost musical art forms and various folk tales.

Fashion, old and new, is of interest to our readers, as well as the artists who create the fashions and the people who set the trends.

The Food section presents popular dishes, recipes and restaurants, both in Asia and at home. Related topics such as snake restaurants and table etiquette are also popular.

We review Literature and Music frequently, such as A Passage to Vietnam, Sketches for a Portrait of Vietnamese Culture and Hill Stations of Asia.

The People section is probably our most diverse and interesting, both in the people who write and those being written about. Accounts have included an ecotourist adventure, experiences of an English teacher on holiday, a Canadian's impressions of Saigon, a Frenchman's story of his return after leaving fifty years before and an American vet who leads military history tours.

Shopping. Asia is truly a bazaar, so we cover anything and everything a traveller might want to carry home.

The topic of Travel takes the reader exploring through the country. We take you climbing to Sapa, a mountain village in Northern Vietnam, floating down the Mekong River, or cruising down Highway One on a bike.

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