Hyphen Gift Guide: The Specifics Edition

December 23, 2011

   Color Acrylic Tie Clips from Post-Modern Plastics

face it. Some people are hard to shop for. And sometimes your brain is so fried
that you need someone to place specific gift ideas for friends and family into
your clenched, sweaty palm. Luckily, Hyphen columnist Cynthia Brothers has done
the hard work for you with this list of holiday presents for the various peeps
in your life.

For the Philanthropic T-Shirt Lover:

The Spot T-Shirt

Spot/Chinatown Youth Center Initiative
(CYCI) -- an Oakland nonprofit that
empowers Asian American youth to strengthen their communities -- is selling American
Apparel t-shirts to support its programs. Contact The Spot for more info at michael(at)thespotoakland(dot)org.

For the Dapper:

Post-Modern Plastics Color Acrylic Tie Clips


Hyphen blogger Mic Nguyen designs these colorful, mod clips for the tie-wearer who's sick of the boring/hideous offerings currently on the market. Order here.

For the Artiste:

Eighth Generation Psycho
Killer Whale
linocut print by Louie Gong

Chinese and Nooksack artist/activist Louie Gong’s Psycho
Killer Whale
linocut print (16”x20”) is available in red or black on
handmade Japanese (Kitikata) paper. This is a limited edition print (only 18
available!) and according to the artist, “is intended make a statement about the
complexity of identity.” [Full disclosure: Louie is Cynthia's boo]. Order here.

For the Music Fan
with a Conscience:

Home:Word Deluxe Edition by Magnetic North &
Taiyo Na

Home:Word [Deluxe Edition] is a culmination
of three years of creative partnership between artists Magnetic North and Taiyo Na, and a re-release
of the 2010 US album Home:Word. Remastered, resequenced, repackaged
with an exclusive lyric booklet and six new, additional tracks, the album was
inspired by their recent single and album deal with Japanese hip-hop label Goon
Trax (Media Factory). One of the new songs on Home:Word [Deluxe Edition] is “Fukushima.” Released as a lyric video
on September 11, 2011, “Fukushima” is a song dedicated to the victims of the
tragedy in Japan.

Magnetic North and Taiyo Na have also collaborated with other like-minded musicians to organize
concerts aiding urgent causes, bringing their passions for music and social
responsibility together. Their "Holla Benefit Concert Series" collectively raised over
$35,000 in charity. More info and ordering here.

the Bad-Ass DVD Collector:


Bea Dong of independent bookstore Eastwind Books of Berkely describes AOKI as, “A
must-have documentary on the baddest Asian American brother in our time,
Richard Aoki.”

If you order through the Eastwind Books website, you can also use coupon code OFFER20 for a 20% discount (offer is
applied at checkout, valid for one-time use per customer, and is good until Dec. 31, 2011). Order AOKI here.

Eastwind Books is also having a holiday
in-store gift sale of 20% or more discount on selected cookbooks, craftbooks, children's
books, and more.

For the Political Pleasure Seeker:

The Yellow Peril Dildo (www.yellowdildo.com)

Filling the void of Asian American empowerment in
the sex toy industry, ChimCo's [Full disclosure: Cynthia is a co-founder], Yellow Peril Dildo turns many a racial and
sexual trope on its ear and, well, also performs its intended function. Offered in two models: suction cup buttom and insertable vibrating bullet. More info and ordering here.

the Bookworm:

Playwright (and Mr. Hyphen 2011 judge) Wajahat Ali takes a
look at an eclectic, multigenerational Muslim Pakistani American family confronting their differences and unity at a birthday celebration in Domestic

OG civil rights leader Grace Lee Boggs’ nonfiction
book The
Next American Revolution
discusses how communities are overcoming current political, economic, cultural, and environmental

Comedy writer,
producer and actress Mindy Kaling (The
) dishes on life, friendship, and love in Is
Everyone Hanging Out Without Me (And Other Concerns)?


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.