Lisa Wong Macabasco

Former Editor in chief

Lisa Wong Macabasco joined Hyphen in 2006; she has worked as the magazine's features editor, managing editor, and editor in chief. She has written for Mother Jones, the San Francisco Bay Guardian, AsianWeek, Audrey, Filipinas and ColorLines’ RaceWire. She graduated from U.C. Berkeley and Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism and co-founded the National Asian American Student Conference. She was formerly an editor at AsianWeek newspaper and an editor in the marketing department of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

Embracing the Stranger

In Jewish congregations, a growing number of worshippers are Asian and gay.

AT THE TEMPLE on 16th and Dolores streets in San Francisco's Mission District, Robert Bernardo steps in front of the Sha'ar Zahav congregation to deliver the Rosh Hashanah sermon. He recalls the December night three years ago when he first entered the Sha'ar Zahav sanctuary. "I very much felt like a stranger—not only because I am Filipino, but also because I was in the process of converting to Judaism," he tells the synagogue. "I really had no idea how I would be received. I wondered if I would meet other Filipinos, other Asian Pacific Islanders and other people of color."

Keith Tamashiro

Keith Tamashiro is an innovative graphic artist with a keen eye towards the cutting-edge, and a distinctive point of view. For more than a decade, Tamashiro’s work has graced the covers of countless albums, including artists from MCA, Transparent Music, Warner Bros., Interscope and Geffen record labels, such as Blink-182, Herbie Hancock, Ashlee Simpson, Damian Marley, DJ Shadow and Jurassic 5.

Issue 10: The Music Issue Contributors


Ravi Chandra, M.D. (“Hapa Hollywood”) is a San Francisco-based psychiatrist and writer who struggles with how to describe what he does. Urban shaman, happiness locator, philosopher of the soul, companion to the underworld and “guy who sits in the corner and listens” all come to mind. He is especially interested in Asian American arts, culture and identity, which led him to write for Hyphen. He also writes prescriptions.


Issue 10: The Music Issue Letters

We Have International Subscriptions, You Know

I’m not Asian American. I’m not even American. I did however bust a gut laughing when I read your mission statement-type-thing and am now angling to find more. One day, I’ll actually go to the States and get hold of a copy and all will be well.

Kat Brown
London, England


As a subscriber of Hyphen, I wanted to say thanks for creating a solid and fantastic mag. It’s always empowering to see Asian American images and stories captured through our own lenses and voices.

Paul Dien
New York, NY

Here He Is — Mr. Asian America

The competition wasn’t the only thing that was hot at the first Mr. Hyphen Contest.

What do boxer briefs, Asian American community organizations and Miss San Francisco Chinatown 2006 all have in common? Well, nothing until we brought them all together at the very first Mr. Hyphen pageant held May 19th at the Oakland Asian Cultural Center in Oakland, CA. Our idea was to recognize the importance of arts and activist organizations in the Asian American community by honoring the man-power behind them. Little did we know that our little pageant would quickly turn into an audience-screaming, R. Kelly lip synching, T-shirt swinging extravaganza.

Pigs on a Tour

Experimental Dental School keeps from going mental on their recent US tour thanks to the healing effect of animals and the convenience of wetnaps.

Photo: Michael Aghajanian

This is the Pilot Light in Knoxville, TN.

Shoko: “I’d never been to any of these cities. Really enjoy seeing all these new places and meeting new people.”

Shoko at Elcid, Los Angeles. We played with Sholi—our new nice friends. Wish we had more pictures of Elcid. It had a cool Spanish style with long red steps that lead down to the show space.

Shoko, Ryan, Edward and his potbelly pig, Sugar.

Not Too Pretty

It may be time to look as closely at your beauty products' labels as you do your grocery labels.

One-third of all personal care products contain one or more ingredients that could cause cancer. The Environmental Working Group, which monitors the ingredients of cosmetics, found that among products that were potentially the most carcinogenic were hair dyes, anti-aging creams and acne treatments.