ABOUT ME 2018-01-09T07:14:34+00:00

About Me

Since 2002, I have been lucky enough to be able to call Hong Kong home though I continue to divide my summers, and my heart, between the US and Israel.

I am the founder/editor-in-chief of Asian Jewish Life – a journal of spirit, society and culture. This international print magazine celebrates the diversity of the Jewish experience in Asia and also perfectly blends my passion for literature, art, history, culture, and Judaic studies. I am a columnist for The Jewish Press in New York as well as a freelance writer for a number of international publications that include: The Jewish Chronicle (UK), Sh’ma, The Times of Israel and Playtimes (Hong Kong). I was the winner of the 2011 Be’chol Lashon (In Every Tongue) New Media Award for my use of media to represent diversity.

In addition to writing about Asia, I often speak about it too and have been a participant in forums that included: TEDx Victoria Harbour (Hong Kong) where I spoke about tourism as a means of preservation of Jewish historical sites in the region; the SEFER International Conference for Judaic Studies (Moscow), where I spoke about the contemporary Jewish communities in the Far East; Limmud China (Shanghai) where I presented the history of Jewish Hong Kong, and the JDC’s Day of Global Responsibility (Shanghai) where I told the Laura Margolis story. I have appeared on RTHK Radio 3 Hong Kong several times on shows that include: Asian Threads, Money for Nothing and 123 Show. I have served as a moderator for panels and discussions for the Jewish Funders Network’s Asia, Israel, & the World Conference and for the Hong Kong International Literary Festival.

My poetry is featured in Not a Muse: The Inner Lives of Women, a World Poetry Anthology. I also co-authored a chapter, It Starts with a Dilapidated House in LA: Art, Performance, and Experimentation, in Los Angeles in the 1970’s.

I am a correspondent member of Hong Kong’s Foreign Correspondents’ Club and a member of the Hong Kong’s Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI). I am the co-chair of Hong Kong’s Jewish Historical Society and the Hong Kong Delegate to World Jewish Congress.

I was a participant in the Shusterman Foundation’s ROI Summit for Jewish Innovators and a fellow with the Anti-Defamation League’s Steinberg Leadership Institute. Most recently, I participated in the Tikvah Advanced Summer Institute where I joined professionals from around the globe to study big ideas, great texts, and current issues. 

I am an avid reader and an overly enthusiastic cat owner. I am also the mother of four children, who often unwittingly find their way into my articles.

 

Erica Lyons

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