Cynthia Brothers

Managing Blog Editor & Social Media Editor

Cynthia Brothers is from Seattle and has recently worked as a grantmaker in the immigrant rights and civic engagement fields, with the AAPI online organizing group 18 Million Rising, and with pro-migrant arts and culture group CultureStrike. She's also paid the rent as a mental health researcher, public benefits outreach worker, and espresso flunky. She's performed with the Tribes Project in the U.S., Mexico, and South Africa, and in addition to Hyphen, has been published in the International Examiner and Mavin Magazine. Cynthia first got mixed up with Hyphen by covering the 2008 New York Asian American Film Festival. She's also blogged at

The Hyphenite's Social Calendar: SFIAAFF, Suite Suite Chinatown

Thursday March 10th - San Francisco

Community Youth Center Festival of Youth

The mission of CYC iso empower and strengthen high-need Asain youth by providing comprehensive youth development through education, employment training, advocacy, and other support services. Come support the organization by attending it's 41st annual "Festival of Youth" Gala. Includes dinner, silent auction, entertainment, and a raffle. More info here.

6 pm

The Hyphenite's Social Calendar: Family Style, Wrinkles

Wednesday February 16th through Saturday March 5th -- NYC


This new play written by Kyoung H. Park and directed by Carlos Armesto tells the story of Ju Yeon, an immigrant living in New York, who has distanced herself from her Korean roots. When a sudden crisis hits her family, she must return to Korea and face her parents and the life she abandoned long ago. More info here.

7:30 pm Thurs-Sat

3 pm Saturday

The Hyphenite's Social Calendar: I Heart Hamas, Dance for Freedom

Wednesday February 9th -- St. Paul

TruthTellers Kick-Off Performance

ThruthTellers is a collective of Hmong American artists, ranging from spoken word poets, musicians, comedians, and theatre artists offering a perspective into voices not well-represented in the mainstream. Catch their free kick-off performance this Wednesday. More info here.

7:30 pm

Black Dog Cafe

308 Prince St, St. Paul, MN


Going Further with Kelly Zen-Yie Tsai

Spoken word heavyweight Kelly Zen-Yie Tsai recently dropped her second album Further She Wrote, a follow-up to her 2007 album Infinity Breaks. Produced by Black Cracker, the electro-hop beats interwoven with Kelly’s resonant and uninhibited poetry create haunting atmosphere and electric depth. Listen and download a “name your price” copy on her Bandcamp site, and check back often at her personal site for tour dates. Look for a review of Further She Wrote in Issue 23 of Hyphen.

Kelly recently did a Q&A with the folks at Bicoastal Bitchin. Here are selected excerpts from her interview. 

The Hyphenite's Social Calendar: Listen to the Silence, Flipzoids

Wednesday January 19th -- NYC

AALDEF Young Professionals Committee Happy Hour

The Young Professionals Committee of the Asian American Legal Defense & Education Fund (AALDEF) is kicking off the new year with a happy hour to benefit its Economic Justice Project. Includes food and drink specials. More info here.

6 to 9 pm

The Hyphenite's Social Calendar: Cultural Confluence, Forget Me Not

Wednesday January 12th -- Everywhere

Creating Inclusive Spaces for APIA Students Webinar

The Asian Pacific American Network (APAN) is hosting a webinar focusing on APIA student centers and their fight for presence, space, and a voice on campuses across the country. A panel of APIA student service center directors will share their experiences developing centers and building institutional and financial support.

12:15 to 1:30 pm EST

Dawen's Favorite Asian American Songs of 2010

Los Angeles-based soul/R&B musician Dawen takes us on a walk through the year that was in Asian American music, with his personal picks from each month of 2010. But these artists aren't going anywhere, and many will be touring and/or putting out new material in 2011 -- so be sure to check out their site links below. Take it away, Dawen!


The Hyphenite's Social Calendar: Zen Garage, Kundiman Poetry Prize

Saturday January 8th and Wednesday January 12th -- NYC & DC

Cynthia Lin Performances

Singer-songwriter Cynthia Lin, on the heels of her new release Microscope, will be performing two solo acoustic shows on the East coast.

1/8: 3 pm

The Coffee Foundry

186 W 4th St, New York


1/12: 7:30 pm (fundraiser for Kollaboration DC)

Chinatown Cultural Center

616 H St NW Suite 201, Washington DC


The Hyphenite's Social Calendar: Stir-Friday Night, AALDEF Internships

Slim pickins for events this week, as it's the holidaze and folks are likely otherwise occupied with exercising their Holiday Spirit (eatin', shoppin', boozin', etc). Keeping in mind these revered traditions, Hyphenite will be off next week, and I will be dispensing an extra pour of rum into the ol' nog. Happy Festivus and see you in the new year!

Friday December 22nd -- Chicago

Stir Friday Night (SFN)

The Hyphenite's Social Calendar: Tokyo Godfathers, Silver Bells

Wednesday December 8th -- NYC

At Your Service 2

Get your holiday shopping done at "At Your Service 2" -- a holiday service and not-so-silent auction to benefit the Coalition for Asian American Children and Families (CACF), the nation's only pan-Asian childrens' rights organization. Bid on amazing services such as dance lessons, home-cooked meals, fitness sessions, and more. Emcee'd by comedian and host of K-Date, Helen Hong.

6:30 to 10 pm

The Hyphenite's Social Calendar: Air & Angels, Jokes of Fury

Thursday December 2nd -- NYC

'90s kPop Party

Wired Rebels and My Ninja! present a dance party tribute to all things '90s kPop. With DJs Peter Rocks and Denkym. Proceeds will benefit the Korean American Family Service Center (KAFSC) and the Korean American Community Foundation (KACF). More info here.

9:30 pm


70 Madison Ave

The Hyphenite's Social Calendar: Between Two Worlds, A Celebration of Craftswomen

Now through Sunday December 19th -- Los Angeles

Laughing With My Mouth Wide Open

Actress and musician Gwendoline Yeo's show, Laughing With My Mouth Wide Open, is a celebration of her cultural journey from Singapore to America, accompanied by her performance on the gu-zheng (Chinese long zither). More info here.

The Hyphenite's Social Calendar: Domestic Crusaders, Falling Leaves

Tuesday November 9th to Monday November 15th -- Toronto

Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival

The 14th Annual Toronto Reel Asian Film Fest showcases contemporary cinema from the Asian diaspora in a wide range of genres. Complete schedule, venues, and tickets here.

Wednesday November 10th -- NYC

Museum of Chinese in America Young Professionals YPX Gala

How We Crowned Mr. Hyphen 2010

Almost 400 eager folks packed the Brava! Theatre last Saturday night to ogle and root for five Mr. Hyphen contestants and the nonprofits they represented: Jeremy "Kilusan" Bautista (United Playaz), Kyle Chu (Center for Asian American Media), Anthony Kim (Korean Community Center of the East Bay), Antonio Moya (Mabuhay Health Center) and Ryan Takemiya (National Asian Pacific American Womens' Forum).

The Hyphenite's Social Calendar: Asian American Music Fest, Love Like Hate

Thursday October 14th -- NYC

Asian American Arts Centre Arts Slam

For the past several years, the Asian American Arts Centre has held a series of art slams, allowing emerging artists an opportunity to present and talk about their work, as well as network with established artists, critics, and curators. This Art Slam will showcase the work of Jing Zhou, Vivian Oyarbide, Maia Cruz Palileo, Uday Kdhar, and Carol Tanjutco.

5 to 6:30 pm

Asian American Arts Centre

The Hyphenite's Social Calendar: Come to Conquer, Family Circles

Tuesday September 28th -- NYC

Photography as Primary and Secondary Data with Corky Lee

Corky Lee, the "undisputed unofficial Asian American Photographer Laureate", will exhibit 24 of his photographs and discuss their cultural and historical significance to New York City's Asian American community. Presented by the Asian American/Asian Research Institute at CUNY. More info here.

3 to 4 pm

CUNY Graduate Center

25 W 43rd St, New York

The Hyphenite's Social Calendar: Trivia Bee, Never An Empty Bowl

Wednesday September 22nd -- Pleasanton & San Francisco

The Lucky Ones Reading & Book Signing

Mae Ngai, author of The Lucky Ones: One Family and the Extraordinary Invention of Chinese America, will be reading from her book -- which follows 100 years of one of the first Chinese immigrant families and their rise to the middle class.

11:30 am to 1 pm

Towne Center Books

555 Main St, Pleasanton, CA

6 pm

The Hyphenite's Social Calendar: Power in Numbers, Arabs Gone Wild

Wednesday September 15th -- San Francisco

Hep B Panel and Reception

Ten percent of Asian & Pacific Islanders in the US have chronic hepatitis B. Join this panel discussion that examines the socioeconomic, political, and genetic factors that contribute to the risk, as well as best practices for addressing it. Wine and sushi reception to follow.

6 pm

Genentech Auditorium

UCSF Mission Bay Campus

600 16th St, San Francisco

The Hyphenite's Social Calendar: All for Art, Sex in Seattle

Wednesday September 8th -- Philadelphia

This Woman's Work Reception and Readings

This Woman's Work is a collection by Lorelei Narvaja of interviews, essays, and photos from Filipina women and their experiences living in the US.

6 to 8 pm

Green Life Cafe

4426 Locust St, Philadelphia

Thursday September 9th -- NYC

Ground Zero: Book Party for Hiroshima in the Morning

The Hyphenite's Social Calendar: Kollaboration 4, Eth-Noh-Tec

Wednesday August 25th -- Oakland

Binh Danh: New Work

The Mills College Art Museum presents a solo exhibition of new work by Bay Area multimedia artist Binh Danh, entitled "Collecting Memories", featuring daguerreotypes, chllorophyll prints, photographs, and historical artifacts, which capture past and present memories of the Vietnam War. Through December 12, 2010.

8/25: Opening reception 5:30 to 7:30 pm

Mills College Art Museum

5000 MacArthur Blvd, Oakland

The Hyphenite's Social Calendar: Drunken Dish, EquAsian

Wednesday August 18th through Saturday August 21st - Los Angeles & O.C.

Last for One Showcase

Chaos Theory Music is hosting South Korean b-boy crew Last For One for a workshop and performances of their full-length production "One Dream."

8/18: 7:30 pm

B-boy Workshop

Korean Cultural center

5505 Wilshire Blvs, Los Angeles


8/20: 8 pm

"One Dream" Performance

California Plaza

The Hyphenite's Social Calendar: V for Vuvuzela!, Korean BBQ Cook-Off

Wednesday August 4th -- San Diego

Bruce Lee Celebration

This year marks the 70th birthday of legend Bruce Lee. To celebrate, the San Diego Asian Film Foundation will present an outdoor screening of Enter the Dragon, with special appearance by co-star Jim Kelly, a martial arts exhibition, and Bruce Lee look-alike contest. More info here

7 pm

Piazza Carmel Shopping Plaza

3870 Valley Centre Drive, San Diego