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Mia Nakano LGBTQ | June 29, 2014 - 3:16pm
This article in today's NY Times, Truly Indie Fans, really gave me warm fuzzies. It looks at the increase in African American indie rockers and skateboarders and the like. Granted, the article doesn't mention Asian Americans at all, but the issues it addresses, such as ethnic stereotypes where music (and the attendant lifestyles) are concerned, are useful in thinking about our own issues. I'm especially thinking of certain comment threads on this blog that have discussed the place of Asian Americans in hip hop. The story portrays people who dared to cross over to where they were least expected, withstanding judgements from both sides of the ethnic fence, facing isolation and building their own community. For music. Hell yeah.
Rebecca | January 28, 2007 - 4:28pm
Justin Lin's and Steven Okazaki's newest films.
Momo Chang | January 24, 2007 - 10:25am

Lieutenant Ehren Watada is a dude with some guts. He's defied the last institution you'd ever want to piss off: the US military. He's done the thing they probably fear most of their troops: he's refused to go to Iraq. After he received his Iraq assignment, Watada tried to prepare himself as best as he could --by studying the history of the country and learning about why the US invaded (whoops, should I say "liberated"?). What he learned shocked and disturbed him. Finding the war immoral and illegal, he felt it was actually his duty to refuse the order.

Jennifer Huang | January 23, 2007 - 9:43am
Racism on Britain's reality TV "Celebrity Big Brother" sparks international row with India By Sonny Le, Hyphen Advisory Board Member The celebrity-edition of "Big Brother" on Britain's Channel 4 seems to have reveal the ugliness of British society when three white contestants ganged up on the Bollywood-star member of the house, Shilpa Shetty. The invectives hurled at Shetty, especially from Britain's trash-talking darling of reality television Jade Goody, ranged from calling her a dog and telling her to go back to India, have yielded at least 20,000, at last count, complaints to Ofcom, Britain's broadcasting regulator, the FCC counterpart there.
Melissa Hung | January 22, 2007 - 1:29pm
So, for a couple months out of the year, my other unpaid job besides Hyphen is curating a film festival in my hometown, Houston. Slant: Bold Asian American Images features an eclectic mix of short films (30 minutes and under). Some of the filmmakers we've featured like Greg Pak, Alice Wu and Michael Kang have gone on to make notable feature length films ("Robot Stories, "Saving Face" and "The Motel," respectively). This will be our 7th year and I'm starting my search for films again, so if you know of anything good, let me know! We're a small festival, but we're unique in that we don't charge an entry fee and we pay the filmmakers who get accepted. To find out more about what we're looking for, please visit the website of our host venue, the Aurora Picture Show. Postmark deadline is March 1st. In other film news, the Northwest Asian American Film Festival kicks off next week. Seattle people, it's January 25-28th. Get your tickets now on the site.
Melissa Hung | January 18, 2007 - 10:13am
Native Guns, a hip-hop trio including two pinoy MCs (Kiwi and Bambu) and DJ Phatrick, is one of five finalists in an online "decent exposure"-for-a-band competition.
Momo Chang | January 17, 2007 - 5:17pm
Our friends at Third Thursdays in San Francisco are putting together an interesting panel this week (can you believe it's already the third Thursday of January?!) entitled "How I Helped Save the World."
Momo Chang | January 16, 2007 - 3:35pm

I apologize in advance, because this blog posting was written in anger. I was so angry about this last night I started to cry --I'm so angry it's hard to get the words out. And I apologize, because this isn't a specifically Asian American story. But it's about the fight that we face, nonetheless. I work in documentary film production, for a very large film corporation that will sue me if they find out I've blogged about them, so it shall remain nameless.

Jennifer Huang | January 13, 2007 - 7:45am
Just watched Air Guitar Nation last night at a sneak peek screening for the SF International Asian American Film Festival.
Momo Chang | January 11, 2007 - 6:49pm
There’s been a lot of depressing news in the world of independent media these days, well print indie media at least. Independent magazines have been folding left and right. After 7 years of publishing and 38 issues, the radical, activisty Clamor has shut down. Another lefty mag, Lip is selling its last issue this winter after several years online and in print. In December, our friends at the artsy KitchenSink in Oakland announced they are closing shop after their 16th issue, though they will continue to do other work under the nonprofit organization they founded. And last week, the Independent Press Association died. Most of you probably don’t know what the IPA was. But for those of us in the indie mag business, it was a place for all us maverick, unconventional magazines to come together and figure out how this publishing thing works.
Melissa Hung | January 10, 2007 - 6:19pm
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