CAAMFest 36, May 10-24

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. Harry currently works as an editor and writer in the communications department of the University of California Office of the President. He’s spent most of his career as an editor and writer for media outlets such as the San Francisco Chronicle, New York Newsday and the Associated Press.

Editor's Note: Moving Forward, Moving On

Hyphen is not unlike many of the subjects in this Survival Issue. While the Internet was killing traditional media, Hyphen survived by finding a niche as a nonprofit telling stories about Asian America that were missing from the mainstream press.

Disruptive change is part of our DNA: Hyphen’s creation was spurred by the demise of a.Magazine, which for more than a decade, was one of the few Asian American publications before it died during the early 2000s dot-com bust.

Rally to Address Attacks against Asian Americans

Just wanted to let people know about a rally at San Francisco City Hall today, May 4th, organized by members of the Asian American and African American communities in response to the recent attacks and deaths of elderly Asian Americans.

We have a nice discussion going on in Claire’s post, so keep it going there.

Racial Undercurrent in Recent Attacks on Asian Americans

The death of Tian Sheng Yu after a senseless beating on an Oakland, CA, street has brought up the issue of racial tensions between Asian Americans and African Americans (the suspects in the attack are black).

Yu died Tuesday after he was knocked to the ground Friday and never regained consciousness.

Editor's Note

Trailblazers Open Door to Mainstream America

In 2000, Norman Mineta became the first Asian American appointed to a presidential Cabinet. I cried when I heard. It was an outpouring of relief and respite from the gnawing feeling that Asian Americans are left out of the country’s political and social fabric.

InterrogAsian Answers Your Asian American Culture Questions

Why are my Chinese neighbors so aloof and what's the deal with Korean tacos? InterrogAsian answers those questions in the latest issue of Hyphen, the Action Issue

If you haven't seen it in our print edition, InterrogAsian is Hyphen's sansei of Asian American culture. You might have heard of Ask A Mexican, so it's kind of like that, but with more soy sauce flavoring.

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