Filipino Nurses and API Bullying -- New Story Pitches!

August 12, 2011

It's that time again! We're asking you, the readers and the public, to help us fund new stories about Asian Americans via Spot.Us, an avenue that easily enables the community to fund journalism projects.

One story -- about $40 shy of its funding goal -- is about inequalities that Filipino nurses in the US experience, pitched by Hyphen blogger Catherine Traywick. The other is about Asian American victims of bullying, pitched by freelance writer Helen I. Hwang which is about $253 away from being fully funded.

As you may know, Hyphen is mostly a labor of love, run by a team of volunteers. Almost all of our contributors, from our bloggers to photographers to lawyers, work on a pro bono basis. A few times a year, we pay writers to produce longer feature stories. Earlier this year, we were able to fully fund two stories, one about postpartum traditions and the other about Asian Americans admissions and university admissions. And we were able to do this because of you.

Supporting the stories is easy to do. Just click here to support the Filipino nurses story (which is almost fully funded!) or here to support the bullying story (74 percent funded right now!). If you haven't registered, go ahead and do that. If you have, log in. On the right side of the screen, you'll see a green button that says "Free Credits." Click on that, and you'll be directed to a short community survey. Once you've completed the survey, you'll have some money in your account to donate to one of the stories. Or, you can just donate money directly, without taking the surveys.

Thanks for your ongoing support, and to those who have already donated or taken surveys to support these stories. We just need a few more people to help out to fully fund these stories!

We look forward to bringing you more stories such as these. You'll be reading these two in our next print issue and online.


Momo Chang

Senior Contributing Editor

Momo Chang is the Content Manager at the Center for Asian American Media, and freelances for magazines, online publications, and weeklies. Her writings focus on Asian American communities, communities of color, and youth culture. She is a former staff writer at the Oakland Tribune. Her stories range from uncovering working conditions in nail salons, to stories about “invisible minorities” like Tongan youth and Iu Mien farmers. She has freelances The New York Times, WIRED, and East Bay Express, among other publications.