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Mia Nakano LGBTQ | June 29, 2014 - 4:16pm
jason_woo.jpg Mr. Hyphen 2007 contestant Jason Woo will represent the California Dragon Boat Association, which provides education and instruction to the general public on dragon boating; enhances bonding and interaction among different ethnic and cultural groups locally, nationally and internationally; and provides youth programs centered on paddling activities and leadership. About Jason:
At the age of 20, I was blessed with the opportunity to join the San Francisco Fire Department. Being exposed to the real world so early in life, I felt that I had to mature quickly. Life is short, enjoy it. I never waste a second in my life.
Jason Woo can probably kick your ass. An avid snowboarder, cyclist, swimmer and any-form-of-physical-activity enthusiast, Jason was the recipient of the Firefighter of the Year award in 2004 for rescuing people whose boat had capsized off of Ocean Beach. And if that isn't enough, he's mentored youth in Daly City, CA through Asian American Recovery Services and is a member of the Asian Fire Association. However, it is his work with the Dragon Boat Association that has led him to forge cultural understanding using paddling sports, turned him into a high school Dragon Boat coach and ultimately, a competitor at the World Championships of Dragon Boating. Not that he'll use his incredible powers against if you if you don't, but giving Jason a hearty "Woo!" when hits the stage couldn't hurt. -- Mr. Hyphen 2007 will take place on Saturday, June 9 at the Oakland Asian Cultural Center. Buy tickets here.
Rebecca | May 23, 2007 - 4:37pm
Former AsianWeek columnist Kenneth Eng was arrested and jailed last week on harrassment and assault charges.
Harry Mok | May 23, 2007 - 2:46pm
anthem.jpg Mr. Hyphen 2007 contestant Anthem Salgado will represent Babae SF. Though not a card-carrying member, he believes in Babae's mission of addressing the rights and welfare of multi-generational Filipino women through educational discussions and organizing campaigns. About Anthem: He's run 26 miles for an AIDS marathon, learned steer wrestling from Apache Native Americans and walked little old ladies across the street. All this in addition to being a production manager at Kularts and a board member of the Mind Power Collective! An artist in his own right, Anthem is the Jan Brady in the middle of nine siblings. He also has Jedi mind powers. We bet you'll be pledging your allegiance to this Anthem by the end of the night.
I've been mistaken for about every type of Asian, even by other Asians. And after learning about the Vincent Chin story as a young adult, I realized my responsibility to self-represent that pan-Asian connection rather than simply undergo it.
-- Mr. Hyphen 2007 will take place on Saturday, June 9 at the Oakland Asian Cultural Center. Buy tickets here.
Rebecca | May 22, 2007 - 3:04pm
jeffrey.jpg Contestant Jeffrey Sichaleune will represent the Midwest Asian American Students Union at Mr. Hyphen 2007. As a coalition of Asian American student groups, MAASU fosters political unity in the Midwest. It promotes leadership, encourages APIA students to work toward social change, and assists schools with the establishment of APIA student organizations and programs. About Jeffrey:
Personality-wise, I am like a durian--so weird, but so good.
The Washington-born librarian is no stranger to the pageant circuit. A runner-up in the Mr. Asian University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign pageant, Jeffrey has taken an incredibly active role in the Asian American community from his days at the Midwest Asian American Students Union and helping develop the UIUC Asian American Cultural Center in 2005, to his involvement with the Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association today. Discovering early in his academic life that engineering wasn't the path for him, Jeffrey eventually went on to earn a master's degree in Library and Information Science. His tenacity and intelligence sure puts the Dewey in our decimal!
I choose all of my activities with deliberate intention and hope to inspire and motivate others ... I would like to continue working with college students and mentor the next generation of conscious Asian American activists. Anecdotal evidence states that college is the best time of a person's life. Research points out that many people develop their Asian American identity in college, so the intersection of these statements can imply that college students are the foundation of the Asian American community. They are going to be our future leaders that serve interdisciplinary interests and are united by their common Asian American identity. ... As a self-identified Southeast Asian, I also think it is important to work with underrepresented Asian American groups to highlight the diversity of Asian Americans.
-- Mr. Hyphen 2007 will take place on Saturday, June 9 at the Oakland Asian Cultural Center. Buy tickets here.
Rebecca | May 21, 2007 - 2:57pm
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 - 2:39pm
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 - 12:35pm
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 - 4:55pm
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 - 10:48am
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 - 2:50pm
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 - 8:58pm
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