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Wikipedia Asian Month is an online edit-a-thon aimed at promoting Asian content in Wikipedia.

Background

Wikipedia started in 2001 as an online encyclopedia and has grown to support more than 200 languages. Although when people referring Wikipedia, what they usually mean is English Wikipedia, most of Wikipedia contents were actually distributed across all different language editions.

In the smaller editions of Wikipedia, there are only a handful of editors creating content for their Wikipedia edition. By giving out an appreciation to them, it makes them feel connected and appreciated in the Wikimedia movement. This, in turn, may lead to the editors creating more content to Wikipedia and staying longer to edit Wikipedia of their language.

More than half of the world's population lives in Asia. But their content is under-represented in Wikipedia. To address this issue, Wikipedia Asian Month promotes its participants to create content about Asian topics. This can be seen as a cultural exchange across Wikipedia editions, exposing the editors to multiple perspectives across different nations and cultures.

Facts

In the 2015 edition, Wikipedia Asian Month:

  • More than 40 Wikipedia language editions participated
  • More than 1,000 users took part
  • More than 6,000 new articles were created
  • More than 4,000 articles had decent content
  • 13 Wikimedia affiliations took part in planning, execution, and post-event
  • Postcards were sent to 44 countries/regions

Press coverage

Coverage of Wikipedia Asian Month 2018

Promotional materials

Contact information

  • addis(_AT_)asianmonth.wiki
  • erick(_AT_)asianmonth.wiki