Busy Bees

February 18, 2005

So I've been busy at my day job moving offices this week. Lots of meetings too. When I'm not at work, I'm working on Hyphen or on Slant, a film festival that I curate. It takes place every May in Houston at the Aurora Picture Show, an awesome microcinema that is housed in an old church building that was built in the 20s. (The pews are still there.) If you're an Asian American filmmaker with a short film, please check out their website. The call for entries is posted there. You have til the end of this month to send me your film.

So that's where I've been. We're crazy people here at Hyphen. Most of us hold down a job while working on Hyphen and other community events. There's even a couple of us who work full time jobs and go to grad school and volunteer at Hyphen.

Here in Hyphen Land, we're in production for issue 6, which means a new issue will be arriving at your doorstep in a couple months. We had a fabulous weekend at our speed dating event. Thanks to everyone who came out on Saturday. I'd never tried speed dating before, so I participated in the second session. Each date was 4 minutes long. Times 20 dates. That's 80 minutes of nonstop talking. And I'm not much of a talker.

Honestly, I can't remember most of the people I talked to. Four minutes a date is too short in most cases, but also too long if you know right off the bat that there's nothing. There was only time to get a couple questions in and almost always those two questions were "What do you like to do for fun?" and "Are you from around here?" Which meant I got really really tired of hearing "You're from Texas? How come you don't have an accent?"

So let me set the record straight. Houston, Texas is a big urban city, folks. Four million people. Fourth largest city in the U.S. We don't all have accents.

Anyhow, Audrey and Chris are representing this weekend in Philly at the East Coast Asian American Student Union conference. They'll be leading a workshop on using media for social change and passing out free copies of Hyphen. If you're in the area, check it out.

OK, enough rambling from me today. Thank god it's a 3-day weekend.


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.