We were inspired by the recent “Asian Lives Matter” movement, and wanted to play our part in contributing by raising awareness for Asian-owned restaurants. There are numerous websites and blogs out there that promote different local Asian-owned restaurants, but we found it hard to keep track of all the local Asian-owned restaurants. Therefore, we decided that we wanted to create a database that records all the Asian-owned restaurants in each city, and publish them on a website.
What it does
AsianNata aims to create a database storing all Asian-owned restaurants in each city, making it more efficient to access information for Asian-owned restaurants that people want to support. Currently, we only have pages for 3 cities that each contain 6 restaurants. However, we plan on expanding our database to more cities and restaurants in the future. The website also features a donation page so that users can donate to AAPI charities to further support the cause, and there is also an option to report a hate crime, if needed.
How we built it
Our website was built using HTML and CSS on replit! We also designed our logo on Canva, and we created a Google Form to permit Asian business owners to add their restaurants to our database. We used Google Sheets to collect data on business in the three cities we used for demonstration purposes (Georgetown, Houston, and Rowlett), and this will also serve as the database for future businesses that are included on the website.
Challenges we ran into
We weren’t sure how we should display all the information, so initially it was difficult to decide how we would structure the website. Since we didn’t have much experience with web development, it took some time to figure out how to properly implement the HTML and CSS. However, we were eventually able to figure out how to format and style the website so that it was easy to navigate. Another challenge we faced was that the video demonstration would not upload in time if we included the screen recording of the website as we had originally planned, so we had to adjust our video plan by using screenshots of the website instead.
Accomplishments that we're proud of
Since it was our first time developing a website, we're proud of the overall functionality and layout of it. We're also proud of the structure and the cause of our project!
What we learned
This was the first time for everyone on the team to make a website, so through this project, we all gained knowledge on HTML and CSS.
What's next for Asianata
In the future, we hope to expand Asianata by featuring companies beyond just restaurants, and we also hope to expand to include cities outside of Texas. We also hope to improve the UI and make it easier for users to navigate by including a floating navigation bar.