Behind the Masthead: A Bite with Hyphen's Editors

September 15, 2009

pizza.jpgHyphen's editors took a break from masterminding Issue 19 (due out in December) to celebrate the landing of Issue 18: The Action Issue in mailboxes and fine newsstands around the country. Our fantastic new director of photography, Andria Lo, documented the revelry, which included delicious pizza, many bottles of red wine, and crayons, all at Pauline's PIzza in San Francisco's lovely Mission District. Enjoy a look at and some scuttlebutt about your stalwart Hyphen editors in some rare moments of unabashed joyousness (seriously, I never knew some of them had so many teeth).


Editor in Chief Harry Mok's control over the editorial staff was momentarily subverted as his calls for $1 Hamm's all around instead of red wine were overruled.


DVDs Editor (and Yummy Mummy) Momo Chang is no stranger to the camera -- did you know she was a model in her younger days?


Mav Vu, front of book editor, is one of the newest editors to survive, I mean, to join the Hyphen editorial team. He is hilarious -- and with that hair, he has to be! Just kids. He recently shared this fantastically funny video of a Vietnamese photographer in action at his sister's wedding.

pia.jpgThe ever-alluring PIa Sarkar, Hyphen's features editor, is a veteran journalist who, like many of us, followed her passion for journalism only to see the industry go up in flames in the past few years. "I wish I had had a back-up passion," she said.

neelaerica.jpgThe ebullient Neela Banerjee (left), a long-time Hyphen editorial staffer who is now the books/ first person/ literature editor, and the delightful Art Director Erica Jones  -- both smart and cool-ass chicks.

sylvie.jpgAnother something you may not know about the Hyphen editorial staff is that a significant portion are not from the typical Asian American capitols (San Francisco Bay Area, L.A., NYC). One other new addition to the editorial staff is Film Editor Sylvie Kim, who, like Neela, is from Ohio. They speculated that people from San Francisco are more outwardly friendly but less sincere and more flaky than people from the Midwest. Agree?

wine.jpgWe toasted to the release of another great issue (on newsstands now). Please subscribe or pick up a copy!


Lisa Wong Macabasco

Former Editor in chief

Lisa Wong Macabasco joined Hyphen in 2006; she has worked as the magazine's features editor, managing editor, and editor in chief. She has written for Mother Jones, the San Francisco Bay Guardian, AsianWeek, Audrey, Filipinas and ColorLines’ RaceWire. She graduated from U.C. Berkeley and Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism and co-founded the National Asian American Student Conference. She was formerly an editor at AsianWeek newspaper and an editor in the marketing department of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.



The fotos are great! And after having lived in the Midwest, I would have to agree with Sylvie Kim :D
What's wrong with Hamm's?