To Get or Give: More Holiday Gift Guide

December 11, 2008

Have to admit, I miss the Hyphen pocket-protector
T-shirt. It was subtle, clever, nerdy-cool, and looked great on men.
The faux-pocket's pectoral placement, quite flattering . Anyone out
there who knows what I'm talking about, and also wants another run of
the pocket-protector design (the dark brown was nice), please chime in
below, and hopefully our marketing team will take note.

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In other T-shirts worth loving, the bowl-cut
actually ranks highest for me for women. Because we don't necessarily
fare well by emphasizing one pectoral. But also because it is
inherently adorable without being girly. This is rare.

If you don't already know about Blacklava shirts,
I may have just completed a lot of your shopping and your wardrobe.
They have user-friendly ones announcing the wearer's love for adobo and
sho-yu, and they also have conversation pieces like "I speak English" and "Nobody loves an Asiaphile."
Which are like weeder shirts: conversation-starters or
conversation-enders depending on whether the other party laughs
appreciatively, or feels implicated.

Finally, if you have or know a baby, you may find it impossible not to buy one of these shirts: "D is for Dim Sum," says one, and another reads "M is for Mango Lassi."


erin K Ninh

contributing editor & blogger

erin Khue Ninh is a former blog editor and onetime publisher of Hyphen, who won't seem to go away. She now teaches literature in the Department of Asian American Studies at UC Santa Barbara. Aside from Hyphen, erin believes in recycling, Planned Parenthood, and Type A first-borns.