For My Birthday

May 29, 2006

I've realized lately that there are certain things I really enjoy - like good company, good food and good times.

And everything else is peripheral. And NAATA, or the Center, has given me lots of good times. Even if it only comes once a year, it's something I always look forward to.

The thing about movies, and movies that play at Asian American film fests in particular, is that along with good times is usually also good company. Sometimes good sushi or other goody food after the movies. So that basically fulfills the three things I enjoy in life.

And since I'm working again, that also means I have a little more money to spare. To me, it's worth every dollar to support an organization that brings me much joy. And I can't wait to get my t-shirt next year. Yeah! I was jealous of the nice green t-shirts volunteers/staff received this year with the Mr. Scubaman and heart design.

Speaking of Asian Am film fests, if you are in Houston, TX this weekend, check out the Aurora Picture Show, curated by our very own editor in chief, Melissa Hung.

I've also decided that for other people's birthdays this year, I'm giving gift subscriptions to Hyphen.

Part of it is because I write/edit for Hyphen occasionally, so being the self-centered, narcissistic person that I am, I want people to read what I write. And I'm sure everyone who works on the magazine, from writers to artists to designers to people featured in the magazine want people to read it. Also being self-centered, I like to impose my tastes on others. But, I have been told - to the people who I've convinced to subscribe - that they like it and are surprised they'd never heard of Hyphen before. But that's what happens when you're a indie media publication run by volunteers that's low on funds.

Speaking of birthdays - Hyphen is turning 3. That's right. Three years-of-age in magazine species is, like, 30 years in real life. It's triple dog years. Magazines come and go, turnover and fold. So even though we, like many magazines and Asian American media outlets, are struggling - we are still here. And that's definitely worth a birthday cheer.

So if you're ever scratching your head, wondering what to get your friend/co-worker/family members, remember Hyphen! We need subs. Or donate directly and get free stuff. Subs and donations not only funds us, but it also helps us grow. And isn't that what getting older is all about?


Momo Chang

Senior Contributing Editor

Momo Chang is the Content Manager at the Center for Asian American Media, and freelances for magazines, online publications, and weeklies. Her writings focus on Asian American communities, communities of color, and youth culture. She is a former staff writer at the Oakland Tribune. Her stories range from uncovering working conditions in nail salons, to stories about “invisible minorities” like Tongan youth and Iu Mien farmers. She has freelances The New York Times, WIRED, and East Bay Express, among other publications.



The landscape is, indeed, littered with failed Asian American publications. The reason why your magazine is still around after 3 years is a tribute to the passion and dedication that each and every one of your volunteer staff/writers/bloggers must exhibit. You rock, Momo. Thanks for delivering a desperately needed and published voice for Asian America.
happy birthday momo! thanks for the plug. festival comes once a year, but there are still plenty of chances to see asian american film this summer (including our sneak screenings)!