Of Moving & Magazines (& Sandra Oh)

May 31, 2005

I tried to go through my stuff while I was packing, but apparently I did not let go of enough. I probably recycled half the magazines I owned. I had collected a year's worth of New York Times Sunday Magazines. There were New Yorkers from a year ago I still had not read. And countless indie mags. I feel especially bad when I throw out an indie magazine because I know all too well from experience what went into making an issue. Blood. Nothing less than blood. But damn, magazines are heavy, so some of them had to go, even pilot issues and first issues.

I also have back issues of various Asian American magazines and I feel obligated to keep those, especially since so many of them aren't in publication any more.

Anyhow, speaking of magazines, I just got my Bust magazine in the mail and Sandra Oh is on the cover. Two of my friends don't like her. One complains that she is difficult to look at. The other says she's always got "that look" on her face. By that, I think she means an exasperated, annoyed look. Whatever. How can you complain about someone in TVland who doesn't have that generic pretty look? As to that look on her face? I think it depends on the character she's portraying. And Sandra often plays strong women, women who will beat your sorry self with a motorcycle helmet. So, she's all good in my book. Kick ass, Sandra. Kick ass!


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.



Yeah very cute Melissa :) I like Sandra too and who is against Sandra They are against me :)
How long do you usually kep your mags beforre they go to the trash?
My packing story is cery similar. When i was moving, i packed all my stuff and i found a lot of magazines too. I collected them from this magazine's first number and it continued about 20 years. I left them to my mom, because they were too heavy. Maybe someday i'll bring thenm back to me :)
very cute, Mel. :)