Who loves East Asian guys?
Having interacted with so many guys who joined our community of LINE groups last year, I saw clearly that we had four categories of members, almost each in equal numbers. I’ll list the categories, below. And these most likely reflect the demographics of people who follow the East Asia Guys blog. The blog’s stats show that Japan is the top location of visitors, all day, every day, with USA always in second place. EAG is blocked in South Korea but my other blog gets even more traffic than EAG, and it’s overwhelmingly from South Korea — something like 85 out of 100 visitors. We know from many past questionnaires that more than 30% of EAG visitors are female. Most are male.
Note that it’s no surprise that English turns out to be one of the top browser languages of visitors to the Tumblr blog, along with Korean, Japanese and Chinese. (And English was one of the main languages used in the LINE chats). I’m blogging mostly in English. It’s my native language. It’s also the most common first or second language across all four of the four categories that I’ll list below. Hence, there were many LINE group members from outside the East Asia region — eg., Asian-American members, as well as many Singaporean and Pinoy members. More than half of the visitors/followers on Tumblr are within East Asia. They may not be interested in chatting in English but it doesn’t stop them from browsing the blog. English is sometimes used within East Asia, of course. If a Taiwanese person wants to communicate with a Japanese person, for example, she/he might use English. Along with the Korean language, the Japanese language, and the varieties of Chinese, our LINE groups were held together by English.
Okay, the four categories are:
- Young East Asian guys who like young East Asian guys. On Tumblr, mostly Koreans and Japanese. In LINE, mostly Korean, then Taiwanese, HKers, and mainland Chinese guys. It seems that Japanese guys love the EAG blog but aren’t interested in chatting in gay chat groups in LINE. They may not want to chat with Koreans or Taiwanese, but they love to look at them!
- Young, global, 2nd/3rd/4th(..nth?) generation Asians (mostly Asian-Americans) who like young East Asian guys. Also, of course, Asian Canadians, Asian Brits, Asian Aussies, Asian Brazilians. The migration of East Asian DNA has covered the globe.
- Young Southeast Asian guys who like East Asian guys. It’s clear that East Asia (Korea, Taiwan, Japan, China) is where a huge number of Southeast Asians want to live and work and love. In LINE, sooo many guys from Indonesia!
- Diverse global people who love young East Asian guys. Mostly male, but a sizable minority of females. All ages, all races, all nationalities. Some of us live and work (and love) in East Asia. Others come from all over the place — Mexico, Brazil, Sweden, France…
I sometimes get asked why I have blogs centered on men from this region. The answer has more to do with whatever I think will interest the people in those four categories. If you’re trying to understand the special focus of the blogs, you’d be mistaken if you started with me. My interests are much wider than you would expect just by checking out these blogs. The blogs are not me. I am not my blogs. Okay… I like men. True. I live and work in East Asia. True. I’ve been here longer than most visitors have been alive. But, remember that a huge number of the followers here are themselves East Asian. So many of the bloggers I trade with are also East Asian. And, if men (and women) in the region prefer to love each other rather than to make war, it’s a good thing, yeah?
Specialist blogs grow because there is a need for them. This blog has, currently, 29,590 followers on Tumblr. The popularity is connected to the specialization and the need. Basically, the East Asia Guys blog specializes in the admiration of young, fit men from Korea, Japan, Taiwan, HK, China, et al. It fills a special need that’s out there, most of it within the region but some of it globally.
The popularity comes from the focus, not from me. In other words, I’m not the star here. It’s the young, fit men from Korea, Japan, Taiwan, HK, China, et al who make EAG a popular blog.
All indications are that East Asia (esp. China/Taiwan/Korea/Japan) will, in our lifetimes, become the new center of the modern world. So, it’s reasonable to expect that there will continue to be a need for online resources that are focused on this area. People in this region are going through an awkward stage of simultaneous unity and conflict. None of us can know the future, but I expect more and more unity. If it happens, blogs like mine are gonna be even more fun.