Lumpia in the White House and Air Guitar Battles!

August 16, 2005

In other Hyphen news, we are now carried in Minneapolis! Stop by Arise Bookstore. Many thanks to Amanda over there. You can see where else Hyphen is carried by clicking here for a list of stores. If you haven't gotten a copy of Issue 6 yet, please visit one of these stores. In a month's time, the new issue will be out and you won't be able to get #6 anymore.

For those of you who only read the blog, you're really missing out. There are a lot of things you can only find in the print mag -- most of our stories (we only post execerpts from a couple stories), more substantive writing, beautiful photos and art. It's just not the same on the computer. Besides, you can't bring your computer to the toilet. (Well, you might be able to, but that doesn't seem like a good idea.) The best way to support Hyphen, and ensure that the mag and the blog exist, is to subscribe straight from us. Small indie magazines like us depend on readers, not advertisers, to survive. So don't be cheap and just read the blog.

OK, commerical over. Now on to news in other places...

Cristeta Comerford was selected as the new White House executive chef by Laura Bush. Comerford, a Filipina American, is the first woman and person of color to hold this post. Comerford replaces Walter Scheib, who was fired by Mrs. Bush in February and had originally been hired by Hillary Clinton in 1995. Read about her in the Washington Post. There's a comment by someone hoping there will be more lumpia in the White House.

And if you love following the world of air guitar, um, as much as we do, then you may have noticed that Asian Americans dominate! Back in Issue 5 (I think) World Air Guitar Champion Sonyk-Rok, a Korean American, taught us how to properly puruse this artform in a story. Sonyk-Rok had beat her mentor, C. Diddy, a fellow Asian American actor and the 2003 World Champion, to win the 2004 crown. Now, another Asian American is rising up the ranks! Fatima "Rockness Monster" Hoang recently became the 2005 US Air Guitar Champ and will represent our country at the World Championships where Sonyk-Rok will defend her title! See the Rockness Monster here at the US Air Guitar Championships website.


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.



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