L.A.'s Helen Jo is on Fire

August 1, 2008

Not only is Jo the first Asian American to earn this position, but she is the first female to do so as well in a predominantly male institution.

Now that's killing two birds with one stone.

At her promotional ceremony, she said: "I didn't have to flash the female card or the minority card to get where I'm at. I really appreciate the fact that it doesn't matter who you are or what skin color you have; I think perseverance, hard work and dedication pays off."


Sylvie Kim

contributing editor & blogger

Sylvie Kim is a contributing editor at Hyphen. She previously served as Hyphen's blog coeditor with erin Khue Ninh, film editor, and blog columnist.

She writes about gender, race, class and privilege in pop culture and media (fun fun fun!) at www.sylvie-kim.com and at SF Weekly's The Exhibitionist blog. Her work has also appeared on Racialicious and Salon.