Hyphen was at Barack's former stomping grounds last Saturday, yes indeed. I met with an impressive group of student leaders over lunch: They know their social history, their coalition politics, and they have big plans for their APIA classmates.
They also know, already, how much heart it takes to be the voice in the wilderness, reminding people to look up, to think big, to care more.
Can't say hollering in the wilderness in your twenties and thirties necessarily gets easier, does it, readers? Hyphen shared some of our organizing and outreach strategies with our Occidental friends -- but shared them because in many ways the challenge is still the same: How to call attention to total bummers like social injustice and deep-rooted inequality without sounding like the guy on the corner with the "Repent" sign?
It doesn't get easier, but it does get more and more fun. (See: party)
And some of that fun has to do with realizing that our ragtag artsy and activisty crew ... is everywhere. And that wherever we are -- Kansas or Hawai'i, Oregon or Iowa -- we can find each other. (Here being one of the places we do it). Knowing that we are small but mighty, changes everything.
The Occidental event came together at the last minute, so this post is a wrap-up instead of a lead-in, but all the good stuff -- including the contest! -- still applies.
(In case you're not caught up, Hyphen has partnered up with IW Group and McDonald’s in an effort to inform and empower campuses with its unique perspective on Asian American arts, culture and politics. With style, of course.)
And now for the contest.
This is specifically for Occidental students: Tell us what makes you Hyphen.
Let us know by submitting a comment. The best response will win a $50 McDonald's Arch Card and a fancy sweatshirt. If your response is not chosen, don't fret. We'll have little giveaways for you, too. All these goodies, plus free Hyphen issues, will come at you through the mail.
Poems, pictures, and any other creative responses are also welcome.
And Occidental, thanks for having me over. Hyphen hearts you.
Interested in learning more about the Hyphen College Tour and bringing Hyphen to your campus? Please contact our speaking engagement coordinator, Bena Li, at bena.li[at]hyphenmagazine[dot]com.