Almost in Our Hot Little Hands

October 11, 2004

Issue 5, our politics issue, comes back from the printers tomorrow and I can hardly wait. There is nothing as satisfying as seeing the finished product, hot off the presses. This, however, is quickly followed by the back-breaking work of having to move the damn things, stuff and sort them for mailing, and drive them around for distribution at bookstores. By that point, you’ve noticed the few inevitable typos. And you are no longer in love. I think a lot of staffers have this love/hate relationship with Hyphen because we all volunteer a lot of our time and we do everything ourselves.

This Wednesday evening I’m speaking on a panel at San Francisco State University about new publications. I get asked quite a bit to speak on panels, often at Asian American or media events, probably because there are only so many Asian American publications. You tend to see the same panelists over and over again. It’s a small world. But apparently, according to this post by former Hyphen staffer Oliver Wang, even a small world can’t keep people from thinking all Asians look alike. Our very own Todd Inoue was mistaken for Oliver. If you know these two, then you know they don’t look anything alike. Classic.


Melissa Hung

Founding Editor

Melissa Hung is the founding editor of Hyphen. She was the editor in chief for the magazine's first five years and went on to serve in many other leadership roles on the staff and board for more than a decade. She is a writer and freelance journalist. Her essays and reported stories have appeared in NPR, Vogue, Pacific Standard, Longreads, and Catapult, among others. She grew up in Texas, the eldest child of immigrants. Find her on Twitter and Instagram.