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.
Some hotels and motels along the nation's highways are posting signs that say "American owned" in an apparent backlash to rising competition from innkeepers who are South Asian.
The Transit Issue of Hyphen hit newsstands and mailboxes this week. This is the 12th issue of Hyphen and the last under co-founder and Editor in Chief Melissa Hung. I'm taking over as interim editor in chief with Issue 13.
Hawaiian food is making a big splash on the mainland.
WHILE THE MAINLAND doesn't offer the same tropical beaches, emerald rain forests or aloha spirit, it's becoming easier to get a taste of Hawaii while stateside.
Food from Hawaii can be found in metropolitan areas across the mainland, with the plate lunch, ubiquitous in the Aloha State, coming to a strip mall near you.
As part of its publicity blitz for The Simpsons Movie, several 7-Elevens around the country have been turned into Kwik-E-Marts, just like the ones run by Apu, the Indian American store owner from the animated TV show.
Al, Tipper and the happy couple.
Al Gore's daughter, Sarah, married businessman Bill Lee over the weekend in Los Angeles. She's the former VP's kid, and by celebrity news standards, this event was pretty unremarkable. But, the new hubby is, at least from the pictures, Asian American.
Two New York radio show hosts were fired for airing a prank call to a Chinese restaurant in which the caller ordered "shrimp flied lice," claimed he was a student of kung fu, and compared menu items to employees' body parts.
It was pointed out to me the other night that I’m a living, breathing embodiment of the stereotypical quiet Asian.
Survivor: Fiji kicks off Thursday with five Asian Americans among the 19 contestants.
Iwao Takamoto, who learned about illustration in a Japanese internment camp, died Monday at 81. He was best known for creating Scooby-Doo, an animation staple for generations.
Yul Kwon beat the field in the latest round of Survivor, which started the season with the gimmick of putting people into teams by race.
Rosie O'Donnell raised a ruckus by using "ching chong" on The View last week to describe how Danny DeVito's drunken appearance on the show is making the news, even in China.
A organization calling itself Vietnamese for Fair Immigration was actually co-founded by white guy who espoused his views on Web sites and in letters to the editor while pretending to be Vietnamese, according to the Oakland Tribune.
I'm not sure if this opinion writer for the UCLA Daily Bruin is trying to be funny, but if he is, he's not succeeding. Jed Levine's premise is that the problem with UCLA is that there are too many Asian American students and their numbers should be limited so more space can be given to the real underrepresented groups.
Melissa Hung, our esteemed editor in chief, recounted an experience that is all too familiar to many Asian Americans during a panel discussion last night on stereotypes co-presented by Hyphen and hosted by the Asia Society in San Francisco.
If you think you've read a blog entry like this before, it's probably because you have. It's time for a yearly report from some group or another saying there are aren't that many Asian Americans on TV. The latest one is from the Asian American Justice Center and it says that Asian Pacific American regular characters on network prime time television have not significantly increased over the last two years, since the group's last report.
It could be the white-sand beaches. It could be the blue sea that calls you to jump in. It could be the warm tropical weather and the palm trees waving in the breeze. It could be a laid-back lifestyle.
It’s all of these things that make Hawaii unique and make me feel so comfortable when I visit. What really sets Hawaii apart, though, is its population. About 60 percent of the state’s residents are Asian Pacific Islanders.
Hyphen advisory board member and blogger Sonny Le alerted us to this video of Delaware Sen. Joseph Biden, a presidential candidate, talking to Indan American supporters and making reference to 7-Eleven and Dunkin Donuts. Doh!
For some on this blog, it's a tired subject: stereotypes of Asian American men. But someone has made yet another documentary on the issue. The Slanted Screen is playiing at the Roxie Theater in San Francisco this week, and I saw it last night.
Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Nicholas Kristof wonders why Asian Americans are so good in school in a Sunday New York Times op-ed piece, but I'm not sure he found the right answer.
Better a day late than never. Yesterday was the 100th anniversary the San Francisco earthquake, and if you're here in the Bay Area, you've been inundated with centennial stories in the news.
Here are a few about what happened to the Chinese American community after the quake: