Franny Choi is Hyphen's Senior News Editor. She is a Kundiman Fellow and the author of two poetry collections: Soft Science (Alice James Books) and Floating, Brilliant, Gone (Write Bloody Publishing). She co-hosts the Poetry Foundation podcast VS and is a member of the multidisciplinary arts collective Dark Noise. She lives in Detroit.
“Now, as you can imagine, Seattle, my stand-up isn’t for everyone,” Hari Kondabolu tells the audience toward the beginning of his Netflix special, Warn Your Relatives. “No, no, it’s fine,” he reassures them, “that’s why it’s good.”
Over the next few weeks, Hyphen will profile a handful of Asian American candidates in key races in the midterm elections. Our first installment follows Gina Ortiz Jones in Texas’ battleground 23rd Congressional District.
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One of the most delightful moments of this World Cup so far has to be the brief, ecstatic alliance that was formed between Mexico and South Korea after the latter beat Germany, the defending champions, 2-0. At the time, fans of Mexico’s team had been busy mourning the fact that their loss to Sweden meant they were almost certainly out of the running. Then, news came that Korea had beat the odds, eliminating Germany in the group stage for the first time since 1938 — and sending Mexico through.