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Mia Nakano LGBTQ | June 29, 2014 - 3:16pm
billy.jpg Mr. Hyphen 2007 contestant Billy Yeh will represent My Sister's House, which provides services for battered Asian and Pacific Islander women and children. Services include a shelter, culturally and linguistically appropriate domestic violence intervention, support groups, community outreach and intervention and a 24-hour multilingual crisis line. About Billy:
Given the stark difference in the exposure given to Asian men vs. Asian women in the media, and the underrepresentation of API issues, I believe Mr. Hyphen has a duty to generate positive exposure for not only Asian men everywhere, but also API issues. Moreover, the seemingly irreparable damage done to our species by one William Hung, with whom I'm embarrased to admit sharing the same alma mater, needs to be undone.
An enthusiast of "long walks on the beach, beautiful sunsets," Billy Yeh wasn't always the Adonis you see today. After years of physical intimidation by his older brother, Billy hit the gym and transformed himself into what he humbly refers to as "the body of a god." In doing so, and subsequently wrestling his sibling into submission, Billy demonstrated the strength and willpower that served him well as a chair of UC Berkeley's Asian Political Association. He's hoping you'll feel the same and give him a big "Yeh" as he struts it down the stage.
Where others zig, I zag. Where others tic, I tac and toe. Where others rock, I scissor... you get the point.
-- Mr. Hyphen 2007 will take place on Saturday, June 9 at the Oakland Asian Cultural Center. Buy tickets here.
Rebecca | May 20, 2007 - 1:39pm
Super-popular blog Feministing has been running a series of brief commentaries by Asian American women -- mostly from the grassroots membership-based org National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum (NAPAWF) -- entitled "Voices of API Women."
Neela Banerjee | May 17, 2007 - 11:35am
Just in case you didn't catch the May email newsletter, the following Asian American men will battle it down on stage for the chance to win the Mr. Hyphen crown and a prize donation to their chosen nonprofit: Tingwei Lin, East Bay Asian Local Development Corporation Luke Patterson, Great Leap Anthem Salgado, Babae Jeffrey Sichaleune, Midwest Asian American Students Union Jason Woo, California Dragonboat Association Billy Yeh, My Sister's House Saturday, June 9 7 - 10pm Oakland Asian Cultural Center Stay tuned for more on the contestants' finer points [ahem]...
Rebecca | May 15, 2007 - 3:55pm
What have some of our past Mr. Hyphen contestants been doing? Well, if you're Alain Dang, you've been authoring ground-breaking studies.
Melissa Hung | May 15, 2007 - 9:48am
Just a quick note to say Yau-Man Chan, one of the favorites to win Survivor: Fiji, got voted out in the final episode. My colleague Chuck Barney describes the episode here. In other Survivor news, previous winner Yul Kwon has a gig on CNN.
Harry Mok | May 14, 2007 - 1:50pm
Slant: Bold Asian American Images A couple months out of the year I get no sleep because not only am I working on Hyphen stuff outside of my day job, but I’m also working on Slant, a little film festival in Houston. We’re in our 7th year, and it takes place next weekend. Slant screens Asian American shorts (each film is 30 minutes or less). We’ve shown a lot of emerging filmmakers who have gone on to do great things. (Michael Kang, Alice Wu, Greg Pak, just to name a few)
Melissa Hung | May 12, 2007 - 7:58pm
738253.jpg Two New York radio show hosts were fired for airing a prank call to a Chinese restaurant in which the caller ordered "shrimp flied lice," claimed he was a student of kung fu, and compared menu items to employees' body parts.
Harry Mok | May 12, 2007 - 3:13pm
I [heart] spelling bees. I was totally one of those kids, even though I never got that far. After my local fifth grade victory, I sank into despair with an early disqualification the next year, crying silently onstage as the winner was slowly and painfully revealed. I'm not sure which was more embarrassing: losing out early or crying onstage.
Rebecca | May 10, 2007 - 5:23pm
I was poking around make-up megastore Sephora the other day while waiting for a meeting and came across this display for Shalini Vadhera’s Global Goddess line. Come to think of it, I was actually looking for some concealer that would match my skin tone and there it was – a whole line of beauty products made by a South Asian woman, catering to different skin tones.
Neela Banerjee | May 8, 2007 - 11:49am
mayday2.gif Begrudgingly, I awoke this morning to attend a “mandatory” 9 AM class because the instructor had written me an email specifically asking me to attend. My attendance record is substandard at best. While walking along the empty streets of Telegraph Avenue, I was well aware that today was International Workers’ Day and the anniversary of the Great American Boycott of 2006, but my main objective was to get my name on the class sign-in sheet and then promptly zone out. From the estimates I’d read in most major newspapers, I was doubtful that this year’s protests would bring out millions, shut down major freeways and make the voices of 12 million undocumented immigrants and their allies heard around the world like the protests of 2006. However, despite my low expectations I was surprised by the paltry attendance of this major event by the students at the supposed activist capital of the world, UC Berkeley. Last year I remember the campus was nearly shut down as hundreds of students crowded Sproul Plaza, chanting “Si, se puede!” and holding signs that declared: “The Pilgrims Didn’t Have Green Cards!” and “No Human is Illegal!,” all in solidarity with the protests rocking the nation from March to May in 2006 – the largest protests in American history. Instead, this year’s contingent was a jumbled group of 30 or so impassioned students imploring walkers-by to join the boycott. People ignored them, figuring that it was just another ineffectual “Berkeley thing.” Embarrassed and slightly ashamed, I grabbed a flyer and sauntered off to class. As I shuffled through the door, the graduate student instructor smiled and said with more than a hint of sarcasm, “I’m glad you made it.” Racked with guilt coming from all sides, I looked at him and said, “Uhm, you know, there’s a boycott of classes today…” He looked at me incredulously and said, “Dude, are you serious? Don’t walk out. I used to do that shit all of the time and there’s nothing more useless you could do to help immigrants than walking out of class. Trust me.”
Jason | May 2, 2007 - 4:29am
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