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.
Olympic swimmer Natalie Coughlin, who's added a bronze, silver and gold medal to her collection so far in Beijing, is a quarter Filipino, something that with all the media coverage of her, probably isn't that well known.
The news media likes to do "reaction" stories, especially if there's a tie to a particular race or ethnicity. With the Olympics starting on Friday in Beijing, a natural story is finding out how Chinese Americans feel about the games being hosted in the "homeland."
We asked writer Preeta Samarasan, winner of the 2006 Hyphen-Asian American Writers' Workshop Short Story Contest and author of Evening Is the Whole Day (Houghton Mifflin): What are the best books for travelers?
By Graham Swift
Reflections on life where there are no Chinatowns, where sushi is made with 'whaat rahs' and where Asian Americans can be black or white.
I WAS RAISED AS AN AMERICAN ABROAD, and my conceptions of the United States were a weird combination of The Brady Bunch, CHiPs and John Wayne. When I was in fourth grade, my family moved to Montgomery, AL, and I soon learned the error of my views.
My new school was 90 percent African American. Until then, I had only a handful of black friends. From seventh to 10th grade, I could count the number of other Asian Americans at my school on one hand.
Jeff Yang ponders whether Barack Obama could become the first Asian American president, even though he's black, just like Bill Clinton was once called the first black president, even though he's white.
My trip to Chicago last week for the Unity Journalists of Color convention drew some parallels the "Across Asian Middle America" feature in the Road Trip Issue of Hyphen, which hits the streets in August.
Chicago is a great city and has a sizable Asian American presence, but it's nowhere near Los Angeles, New York or San Francisco, where I live. Maybe a generation ago, an Asian American writer from Chicago could have written a piece for "Across Asian Middle America," a series of vignettes about living in places that are far away--geographically and spiritually--from areas where there are large populations of Asian Americans.
Hyphen's own Momo Chang, editor of the Lazy Susan section, is getting the Ida B. Wells Journalist for Justice Award for work covering the Asian American community for the Oakland Tribune.
Not only is Chinese for Affirmative Action giving us office space, the longtime civil rights group honored Hyphen with one of its Flame of Justice awards for 2008 at its annual dinner last week in San Francisco. Hyphen Publisher Lisa Lee and I (above) accepted the award along with our board chair, Grace Kao, and Creative Director Stefanie Liang.
Star Trek adds another Asian American, but its reputation for diversity may be suspect.
SPACE ... the final frontier. These are the voyages for Asian Americans, who've boldly gone where they never have before-on five Star Trek TV shows and 10 movies. Star Trek is a pop culture phenomenon spanning more than 40 years and is considered groundbreaking for diverse casts that have always included Asian characters.
We asked architecture/design writer Aric Chen-a contributing editor for Surface, I.D. and Interior Design magazines and the author of Campbell Kids: A Souper Century, which chronicles the changes in America through the ever-morphing Campbell soup kids: What are the best design books out there by or about Asians?
Maeda @ Media
By John Maeda (Universe Publishing)
Some of the Bay Area's top chefs will be cooking up culinary delights at the Asian American Journalists Association San Francisco Chapter's East West Eats fundraiser on May 8.
Even with all the talk of new media and the Internet, there's still some dinosaur-like thinking out there in the journalism world. A good example is a sports column by Furman Bisher of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, who laments about Major League Baseball playing games in Tokyo, "you know the guys who gave us Pearl Harbor."
Dith Pran's life was so extraordinary it could be have been a movie, and it was. Dith, who died Sunday at age 65, inspired "The Killing Fields," which chronicled the bloody reign of the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia, during which an estimated 2 million died.
Hyphen is looking for credible, smart, bookish, overachieving, dusty-fingered, detailed-oriented and opinionated editors, writers and tech people. Our staff members and freelancers are news junkies who are interested in social justice issues, politics and pop culture. There is no money involved, just the experience of working alongside the finest Asian American minds that community college ever produced.
Asian American voters in California overwhelmingly threw their support to Hillary Clinton and John McCain in Tuesday's primary, according to exit polls.
Happy New Year. The start of 2008 is a good time to look back at some of the most noteworthy events involving Asian Americans from last year.
Author William Poy Lee is trying to get some respect for the Toisan Chinese dialect by setting it to music.
Asian Americans, Latinos and African Americans have a deep mistrust of each other and engage in significant stereotyping, a poll found, but a majority of those surveyed said they should put aside differences.
The University of California is figuring out that Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders don't all look the same.
Overheard on the Today show this morning during Joan Rivers' critique of male fashion she liked from Emmy's:
Joan: What's his name, the Chinese guy?
Several Today hosts chime in: Masi Oka
She can't tell Asians apart but she remembered his suit.
She was the first Asian to win an Oscar, and she did it back in 1957! What are the chances of an Asian or Asian American winning an acting Oscar today? Umeki really was a pioneer.
The only movie of hers I've seen is Flower Drum Song, and I only saw it this year, so my appreciation for her is new.
Rest in peace