Help Us Finish Strong

December 20, 2009

For an all-volunteer organization, your donations and support are
crucial. Without your support, we would not have been able to publish
stories about efforts to expose health risks faced by nail salon
workers, many of whom are Asian American. We would not have been able
to illustrate how the eating habits of Asian Americans can clash with
sustainable seafood practices. We would not have been able to present
interviews with comedian Margaret Cho, playwright Philip Kan Kotanda
and Watchmen screenwriter Alex Tse.

Without your support, we would not be able to celebrate Asian American
male activists and leaders in our community through the Mr. Hyphen
competition. In November, we crowned Pahole Sookkasikon as the 2009 Mr.
Hyphen, and his $1,000 prize was donated to the Thai-American
Scholarship Fund and the Asian American Donor Program. As a recent Associated Press article
that was published in newspapers across the country noted, Mr. Hyphen
successfully turns Asian American male stereotypes on its head.

But our work is far from finished. Just a few weeks ago, Asian American
students came under attack at a South Philadelphia High School in an
apparent hate crime. In November, Fox News commentator Bo Dietl pulled
back his eyes to make the point that Katie Couric looks “oriental” on
Don Imus’ show.

Your tax-deductible donation of $1 (or more!) will help us continue the
fight against misrepresentation and underrepresentation of Asian
Americans through the creation of smarter and more nuanced coverage.
Please take a few minutes and donate to Hyphen by visiting our website

Thank you for your generosity. With your support, we can make 2010 our best year yet.


Lisa Lee


Lisa Lee works in User Operations at Facebook, and has more than five years of nonprofit experience in marketing and communications for multicultural arts and cultural organizations.