Hyphen, Lisa Lee Win San Francisco APA Heritage Awards

May 4, 2011

Hyphen Publisher Lisa Lee, left, holds her Emerging Leadership Award, and Associate Publisher Irene Kao, right, shows off Hyphen's Community Impact Award. Hyphen Editor in Chief Harry Mok and Founding Editor Melissa Hung are along for the ride. (Photo by Danny Kim) 

After Lisa Lee accepted her Emerging Leadership San Francisco Asian American Heritage Award on Monday night, I thought there was no way we would win the other category Hyphen was nominated in, Community Impact.

But San Francisco Supervisor Carmen Chu, who was presenting the Community Impact Award, said it was Hyphen's night, and Associate Publisher Irene Kao strode up on the stage of Herbst Theatre to accept it.

We're humbled and proud to even be considered for the awards, let alone win two of them. Thank you to the San Francisco APA Heritage Celebration Committee and the award judges.

Lisa has been doing great work the last three years as the publisher of Hyphen. She's kept the organization moving forward so that it can have an impact in the community. Congratulations, Lisa, you do us proud. 

It was great to be able to share the evening with Lisa, Irene and Hyphen Founding Editor Melissa Hung, who was the driving force behind Hyphen in its early years.

Congratulations as well to the other nominees, Andrew Lam, Nicki Sun, KQED and New America Media. And kudos to Lifetime Achievement award winners David Louie and Jan Yanehiro.

Finally, congratulations to all of the volunteers and contributors, past and present, who make the impact of Hyphen possible. 

Read Hyphen's press release.


Harry Mok

Editor in chief

Editor in Chief Harry Mok wrote about growing up on a Chinese vegetable farm for the second issue of Hyphen and has been a volunteer editor since 2004. As a board member of the San Francisco and New York chapters of the Asian American Journalists Association, Harry has recruited and organized events for student members. He holds a master’s degree in journalism from the University of California, Berkeley, where he was also a graduate student instructor in the Asian American Studies Department.