Terry K Park

California-born, Utah-raised, and New York-refined, Terry K. Park is a Provost Dissertation Fellow and PhD candidate in the Cultural Studies Graduate Group at the University of California, Davis. He has taught courses in Asian American media, history, theater and 1950s Cold War American culture at UC Davis, Hunter College, and San Quentin State Prison. As a former performance artist, his off-Broadway solo show, 38th Parallels, premiered in New York City with the Pan Asian Repertory Theater. He is the creator and host of a weekly web-based roundtable talk show on Jeremy Lin and Linsanity called The Joy Dunk Club, presented by Asian CineVision. In the Bay Area, he curates a monthly Asian/Asian American film series called Oppa Oakland Style at the New Parkway Theater. He is also a member of the Asian Prisoners Support Committee, for whom he represented at the 2011 Mr. Hyphen Contest. As Mr. Hyphen 2011, he hopes to cure the world of Bieber Fever with Linsanity.  Check out his website, terrykpark.com.  

Can Sleepwear Be Sexy? Fashion Tips for HYPHEN's PJ Soiree Party From Retrofit Republic

Not sure what to wear to our PJ Soiree Party on September 13th? Want to win the sleepwear contest? Get some fashion advice straight from the guest judges for the evening, Jenny Ton and Julia Rhee of Retrofit Republic.

How do you define the theme of the party, "grown-and-sexy"?
JR:  I think grown-and-sexy is a really subjective concept.  But for me, so much personal style is really the embodiment of an idividual’s personality, their lifestyle, their entire aesthetic.  Regardless of what they’re wearing, if they’re able to wear something that reall feels complimentary to their body type and who they are as individual and they wear it with confidence, that’s a dead ringer for grown and sexy.
So when we’re talking about grown and sexy sleepwear…given that this is an evening event, and there are people around, birthday suit is probably not going to be the best idea.  Clothing should definitely not not be optional.  I’m talking directly to you, Terry Park.  So I think for grown and sexy sleepwear, wear something that feels reflective of who are you as an individual and also soemthing that you feel confident and comfortable in.  a confident and comfortable piece is where we’re going to see a lot of interesting interpretations.  
JT: Grown AND sexy.  
Do you have any favorite designers/models/outfits of grown-and-sexy sleepwear?
JT:  Vintage sleepwear from the 1920s – 60s which we carry a few in our shop.  Similar to women’s wear, in general, from the 1960s and before it was seen as “unlady” like and socially unaccepted to dress in any risqué manner.  This also translated into sleepwear with a majority of 1960s and prior vintage sleepwear or nightgown’s were floor length and covered most of a woman’s body.  Even under the sheets, the more covered up or demure a lady the more lady like she was.  But, of course, this wasn’t always practiced ;)
JR:  We have a vintage kimono…for women, we have a couple vintage negliges, which go in the direction of lingerie…a lacy slip that you wear under dresses.  For women, men’s button up shirts are often seen as sleepwear.  
Public record—I love Terry K. Park. 
As a guest judge, what kinds of "grown-and-sexy" sleepwear do you suggest for those attending the hyphen party?  
Since I’m a big fan of vintage and because we’re less likely to see it represented, I’d recommend vintage sleepwear.  For me, vintage sleepwear represents grown and sexy.  It’s classy which is sexiness personified without having to show your goodies.  Sexiness is not about how much skin you show but about confidence, confidence, confidence!  How confidently you carry yourself, even in the most conservative attire, will turn heads in the best way possible. 
It’s also trite to associate sleepwear with risqué and raunchy.  Why not defy the social standards and go with something classy?  Classy is always in style.  Therefore, try floor length pieces like the 1970s sleepwear jumpsuit (1st image attached: "women PJ") or the other pieces seen in the vintage sewing pattern images? 
 You may also don the standard pajama suit set.  Wear your pants high-waisted and unbutton the bottom buttons of your PJ top and tie the ends around the pants’ high waist line or belt around the most narrow part of your waist to create a peplum style aesthetic or tuck in your PJ top and belt around your PJ bottom’s waistline.  Pair all of these looks with your sexiest and highest heels.  My personal favorite is to wear a men’s (size Tall) PJ button-up because it’ll be oversized and long enough for you to pair with over-the-knee stockings and your stilettos.  It’s demure on top yet sexy on the bottom without looking like a pajama go-go dancer gone wrong. 
For the fellas or more masculine presenting folks, the classic pajama suit set and robe (think Hugh Heffner and the vintage men’s sleepwear sewing patterns attached) will never go out of style.  It’s a grown and sexy classic.  Maroon is also the color of the season.  It’s definitely a grown and sexy color too.  Don’t be afraid to mix your pajama suit sets as well, such as a white PJ button-up and a black PJ pant (white and black are always a guaranteed solid pairing) or mixing patterns is a bonus such as a classic tartan plaid print on the bottom and polka dots on top. 
The key to pulling off any of the PJ suit sets is (drumroll please) confidence!  However, it does not exempt you from being a wrinkled hot mess (unless you’re going for this facetious aesthetic) so please iron, iron, iron! 
I also don’t mind a long johns one piece or 2 piece set either.  Tongue-in-cheek and not taking yourself too seriously are undeniably sexy too, right Terry Park, Mr. Hyphen 2011 Winner? 
What's your favorite sexy sleepwear outfit to wear?  Why?
JT:  It depends on my mood.  Either my vintage floor length black silk 1950s nightgown, or only wearing my XL and worn out men’s Berkeley t-shirt.
JR:  I have different kinds of sleepwear.  I have sleepwear that matches the mood that I’m in.  so if i’m in a really surly, upset mood, then I’m going to wear something comforting, like pull-over onesies, like flannel nightgowns that can be house mumus.  Its reminiscent of what my mom would wear…when I want comfort, I’ll just pull on something that feels nostalgic and something comfortable…I have this two piece silk menswear inspired PJ set that I really really love.  It’s not really form fitting, it’s long sleeved, but because of the material, it just feels a little bit extra lux…I found this really amazing 1950s style vintage men’s robe that’s also silk, and I’m just in love with it.  It’s floor length on me.  It’s midnight blue solid print with small white polka dots.  It looks really classy.  
As a judge, if I saw something that just came off a manniquin of victoria’s secret, I’d score it pretty low on originality.  I think sex appeal is less about flesh; the name of the game isn’t about to show as much skin as humanly possible, it’s more performative…That sex appeal, that confidence is going to exude without having to take off all your clothes.  
I’d give you extra points if you wore something that was really witty or silly.  If you want to score high points with me, go away from the obvious, and do something that other people wouldn’t feel comfortable doing.  Go for the bold choice.  Push your own personal boundaries but in a way that still feels true to who you are.  So in terms of menswear, thoughtful presentation is going to be really key.  So tshirts and boxers, that’s the obvious choice.  Certainly if it feels comfortable, then go for it.  But if you’re trying to win, this would be an elevated version of what you wear.  Contrast color piping, collared shirts, button ups, I’m a sucker for matching PJs, like two piece pajama sets, robes, or even a Hugh Hefner look.  It can be the smoking jacket, with the leather slippers, and the silk PJ set, maybe a nice paisley print, a nice pocket square.  
Do you have a favorite sleepwear outfit from your childhood?
JT:  My pink Ninja Turtles PJ set!  I have never been a fan of pink, but my parents tried to subscribe us to gender norms by gifting my twin brother with the blue Ninja Turtles PJ set and, begrudgingly, I was stuck with the pink set.  Regardless, it’s the friggin Ninja Turtles!  Turtle Power! 
Do you have a favorite sleepwear outfit from the sleepwear portion of Mr. Hyphen? 
HAHA, Terry Park!!!!  Sneaky you.  Of course my answer is your undeniably sexy Korean Ajima/juvenile and identity confused sleepwear.  I’m turned on just thinking about it!   You must attach your sexy Mr. Hyphen sleepwear photo here! 
--What do you think of Terry Park?  
Why is this unicorn stud still single and not a billionaire yet?
Does RR have any sleepwear outfits for sale? 
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CAAMFest 2013 Interviews: Deann Borshay Liem and Ramsay Liem of 'Memory of Forgotten War'

Memory of Forgotten War features testimonies of four first-generation Korean Americans survivors of what is known in the US as the "forgotten war." Co-directors Deann Borshay Liem and Ramsay Liem discuss the making of a documentary that offers an informative, yet intimate glimpse into the human toll of a war without end.

CAAMFest 2013 Reviews: O Muel's 'Jiseul'

Jiseul is the first Korean film to win the Sundance Film Festival’s prestigious World Cinema Dramatic Grand Jury Prize; the 2013 jury took less than a minute to come to its unanimous decision. O Muel’s film offers a haunting portrait of a forgotten massacre whose ghostly voices flicker into a Cold War darkness.

Lin and Linsanity Come Home

Exactly one year after the cultural phenomenon known as "Linsanity," Jeremy Lin -- the Asian American basketball player at the center of it -- and Evan Jackson Leong -- the Asian American director who chronicled it -- both return home to the Bay Area. Terry K. Park takes a look at Leong's Linsanity and asks Jeremy Lin just how crazy it all was. 

One year ago, there was not one, but two Linsanities.

First, there was the Linsanity that we all witnessed: that glorious stretch of games when an Asian American point guard from the end of the New York Knicks bench scored, passed, and even dunked like he was possessed by a higher power. Twitter feeds lit up like Times Square; marriage proposals and VaLINtine’s day cards were thrown at his feet; Lin-spired merchandise flew off the shelves like Lin’s lobs to Tyson Chandler; horrible Lin puns, like, “Lin-spired,” were churned out and judged by a giddy Spike Lee.  Even President Barack Obama claimed he knew about his fellow Harvard alum before anyone else did.  With each heart-stopping drive down the lane, and with each groan-inducing racist utterance from national commentators, there was an overwhelming sense that we, the Asian American we, were on the court with Jeremy—both the basketball court, and the court of public opinion.  In the span of a month, Jeremy lifted a team, a city, and Asian America.  
But how was Linsanity for Lin?
“It’s the craziest thing that’s ever happened to me,” said Lin at the Houston Rockets’s morning shootaround in San Francisco, on the day he faced the team that originally cut him, the Golden State Warriors, for their “Asian Heritage Night.”  “It’s a great memory, and it’s something that I’ll have for the rest of my life.” 
And from the hundreds of fans who stayed after the Warriors 116-107 loss to the Rockets (Jeremy had a double-double with fourteen points and eleven assists, and a couple of patented right-handed drives against his old teammate Stephen Curry), it was a great memory for many in the Bay Area, who watched Lin grow as a local high school champion and welcomed him back as the most popular benchwarmer ever for the Warriors.
Indeed, before Linsanity, there was just Lin. And that was enough for director Evan Jackson Leong and producer Bryan Yang to make a documentary about an Asian American basketball phenom from Palo Alto. They started following Jeremy at Harvard.  They were there when he went undrafted.  They were there when he outplayed John Wall for the Mavericks in summer league.  And they were there when Jeremy signed a dream-come-true contract with his hometown Warriors.  That’s where the documentary, according to Jerry Ma, a close friend of director Evan Jackson Leong and producer Bryan Yang, and the designer of the poster for Linsanity, was going to end.  
“Originally, they were going to do a three-part web series and tell his story on how he made it to the NBA,” said Ma, on episode five of The Joy Dunk Club, a web-based roundtable talk-show based on Jeremy Lin and Linanity, created and hosted by this author. “It would’ve been an interesting story if Linsanity hadn’t happened,” argued Phil Yu of the popular blog Angry Asian Man, who briefly appears in Linsanity.
“But,” added Ma, “they really believed something better was going to come.” And they were right.  Both Lin and Linsanity were rewarded for their persistence and hard work.  How did Jackson, Yang, and company react when Linsanity happened?  “Like being a kid again on Christmas eve and you got the present you were really hoping for,” said Ma.  “They worked really hard.”
And now Linsanity, fresh off its successful world premiere at the prestigous Sundance Film Festival, kicks off CAAMfest as the opening night film. “Oh man, it feels great,” said Leong at the press conference for CAAMfest’s announcement of its film lineup, which included a screening of Linsanity. “I’m a born and bred San Franciscan, so it’s good to come home.”
Indeed, the elusive quality of home and what it offers—stability and recognition— is a familiar Asian American theme that runs through Linsanity.  The film follows Lin’s nomadic existence as a professional basketball player, shuttling back and forth between the bright lights of Oakland and New York City and minor league outposts like Reno and Erie, Pennsylvania.  All the while, Jeremy tries to maintain an optimistic attitude—and we see just how important his Christian faith is in keeping his spirit buoyed—but we also see the toll that benched, being cut, and being ignored takes on a young man.   
The absolute low point in the film is the scene that features the now-famous couch in the apartment of his former Knicks teammate Landry Fields.  It’s not even long enough to fit Jeremy’s 6’3’’ frame; we see him squirm to try to find a decent position, his neck craned over the side cushion, his back awkwardly angled, his Nike sneakers dangling off the edge.  “How am I supposed to get a good night’s sleep?” wonders Jeremy.  We wonder too.  At this point, we see how high the odds are; and we see just how low Jeremy has sunk, faced with the sobering reality that his next game, against the Nets, might be his last in an NBA uniform.  This is why, even for dedicated Lin fans who have replayed YouTube clips of his soaring dunk against the Washington Wizards, or his purple tongue-wagging against the Utah Jazz, or his last-second, game-winning shot against the Toronto Raptors, they will cheer that much harder.  
The number “8” means good luck and fortune in Chinese.  Perhaps the fact that Linsanity is listed at eighty-eight minutes long isn’t a coincidence, since there were two Linsanities.

David Phan's Suicide Sparks Grief, Anger and Call for Justice

"I had a great life but I must leave." These were the last words written by David Q. Phan, a 14-year-old Vietnamese American junior high school student from Taylorsville, Utah, before he committed suicide. A grieving family -- and multiple communities around the country -- seek answers and justice.

The Legend of Leremy Jin, James Leland Dolan, and Carmelo McAnthony

In the wake of New York Knicks owner James Dolan's decision to not match the Houston Rockets' contract for Jeremy Lin, I decided to create a fake Wiki page for James Dolan's fictitious great-great-grandfather, James Leland Dolan.  I did so in order to imagine a historical narrative that parallels the events of Linsanity and Dolan's insanity with the exploitation of Chinese railroad labor in the late 19th century.  If you'd like to see the original "fake" Wiki, click here.  Enjoy.

Ethical Manhoods: Interview with Professor and Filmmaker Celine Parreñas-Shimizu

Professor Parreñas-Shimizu talks about her latest book, Straitjacket Sexualities: Unbinding Asian American Manhoods in the Movies.

Celine Parreñas-Shimizu begins her latest book, Straitjacket Sexualities: Unbinding Asian American Manhoods in the Movies, with a close reading of the controversial “Gay or Asian?” photographic spread from the April 2004 issue of Details. For those who need a refresher, the spread featured an Asian American male model accompanied with captions that conflated stereotypes of Asian American and gay men, such as this gem: “One cruises for chicken; the other takes it General Tso-style. Whether you’re into shrimp balls or shaved balls, entering the dragon requires imperial tastes.”  
As you can imagine, this recycling of well-worn racist and homophobic images sold as “satire” did not sit well with a lot of folks, especially Asian American men, for whom this “straitjacketed” representation of Asian American male sexuality was a reminder of the many ways in which Asian American men have historically “fallen short.”  But this crisis of masculinity, Parreñas-Shimizu warns, “must not lead to solutions that actually deepen and reemphasize Asian American masculinity as lacking such that the presumed and unstated racial problem is really the queer and the feminine.”  Instead of beating up other men or conquering women to lick racial wounds, Parreñas-Shimizu wants us to consider “ethical” manhoods in which Asian American male sexuality is re-defined as the care for self and care for others. 
Where can we find these alternative masculinities?  In the same site of representational injury: the cinema. Parreñas-Shimizu, an associate professor of Asian American Studies at UC Santa Barbara, takes her readers on a critical tour of Asian American films, characters, and actors past and present such as James Shigeta, Bruce Lee, and the Hmong American actor Bee Vang from Clint Eastwood’s Gran Torino. I sat down with Professor Parreñas-Shimizu last March during the 2012 San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival, where she served as a respondent for a panel on Asian American media, to talk about her new book, the joys and challenges of being both an academic and a filmmaker, and of course, Jeremy Lin. 
“I work as both a film scholar and a filmmaker,” says Parreñas-Shimizu, who also has an MFA in Film Production and Directing from UCLA, and has made over five experimental and documentary films, including Birthright: Mothering Across Difference (2009), which won the Best Feature Documentary at the Big Mini DV Festival. “So I take the knowledge as someone who has worked behind the camera, who’s worked with lighting, production design, makeup, the body and facial expressions, whether you touch each other or not touch each other…that really speaks volumes. Being able to arrest time, space, expression, and movement as a filmmaker really informs my film scholarship.”   
And in turn, Parreñas-Shimizu’s filmmaking is informed by the pedagogy of the classroom. “In my first film, The Fact of Asian Women, I shared with the actors the work of the women who came before them, like Anna Mae Wong, Nancy Kwan, and Lucy Liu,” who also comprise some of the subjects of Parreñas-Shimizu’s previous book, The Hypersexuality of Race: Performing Asian/American Women on Screen and Scene, which won the 2008 Cultural Studies Book Award from the Association for Asian American Studies. “I historicized them—where did they come from, why were they popular when they were popular—and we would talk about their craft. So the film became a space for teaching. We would shoot what I learned from the actors and what the actors learned from me. But the challenge is how to make it visually innovative.”
Another challenge for Parreñas-Shimizu is how to make an innovative Asian American film in the face of the dominant discourse of “claiming America” and its problematic (yet understandable) desires for voice, visibility, and authenticity—“positive” representations. To that end, she is currently developing her first feature narrative film based on a true story about a Filipin@ American community in Martinez, California. “In 1931, there was a Filipina woman who was accused of infidelity and stealing money from her husband. She was then kidnapped, gagged, beat up, and buried alive,” says Parreñas-Shimizu. “You have to frame your subject in a certain way—claiming a voice, moving out of invisibility, telling the story of your people. But what if the story involves one like mine?  Where there’s criminal behavior on the part of the very people you’re supposed to represent positively?”  
This expectation for Asian American artists to represent one’s community “positively” at the expense of an expansive and complicated portrayal—the “burden of representation”—is something that Parreñas-Shimizu feels strongly about. “The demand to make films that represent your community does an injustice to the actual work the filmmakers are trying to do,” Parreñas-Shimizu says. “You can’t film an idea. You have to film very concrete things, a very concrete person who’s going through some kind of dilemma. This person may not be a positive person. I’m thinking of the work of Quentin Lee’s Ethan Mao, which features a character who’s bullied and silenced by his own father for his sexuality, and then wields a gun against his own family. I think it’s a story worth telling. But once you make the demands of, ‘Is this the kind of visibility we want?’ it can be unfair to the goals of the filmmaker, which is to tell stories that help make spaces for these people.”
At the same time, Parreñas-Shimizu understands and feels the importance of Asian Americans wanting to see themselves in a way that hasn’t been seen before. This is why she was instantly mesmerized by the breakout of NBA player Jeremy Lin, whose sudden emergence was coined “Linsanity.”  “It’s interesting to watch all the cameras look for Asians in the audience, but Asians have always been there,” insists Parreñas-Shimizu, a long-time fan of sports teams from her hometown of Boston. “Participation in sports is itself an assertion of citizenship and belonging. For me, being a Filipina immigrant in Boston and just loving the Celtics and basketball, I remember loving that school was canceled because the Celtics won the NBA championship and you’re part of that group in the subway going to the celebration.”  As a mother of two young sons, ages six and nine, Parreñas-Shimizu wondered what was going to happen when the Celtics played Lin’s New York Knicks. “They pulled out their Celtics jerseys and they said, ‘Jeremy Lin is all right but we’re Celtics fans,’ and I thought, ‘Wow!  That’s so interesting!’  But yeah, you see that hunger. I know that hunger. It’s painful.”
But the medicine that so many Asian American men use to heal that pain—what Parreñas-Shimizu calls a “phallic masculinity,” or what other scholars call a “hegemonic masculinity”—only hurts others in the process. “I think it’s very easy to define masculinity in terms of the hero who saves the day and beats everyone up and sleeps with a ton of women. So if you define masculinity in that way, the Asian American man has to fall short. You’re still proposing a straitjacketed definition of what is gender and sexuality for Asian American men,” says Parreñas-Shimizu. “I want to open up a world where someone like William Hung can be sexy!  And the thing is, people did find him sexy!  He got marriage proposals!  So if we look at masculinity, and what people want from it, it reveals that there’s something very limited and lacking in that kind of phallic masculinity. It’s not really good for people.”  
That tension between the desire for national recognition and the danger in subscribing to a phallic masculinity (which undergirds the nation) is what drove Parreñas-Shimizu to unearth the vast filmic repertoire of Asian American masculinities. “After I toured for two years for my first book, people kept asking, ‘Now that you’ve proven the hypersexuality of Asian American women, what do you have to say about the asexuality of Asian American men?’ I thought, “We have to historicize it and see if that’s really what’s going on. Because if it’s true that Asian American men have only been seen as asexual and effeminate, then how do you make sense of Sessue Hayakawa or James Shigeta?  These huge heartthrobs from almost 100 years ago, fifty years ago?  So many women fainted at the sight of their sexiness and beauty. So we have to be very careful about creating that blanket statement.”
Indeed, there has been a recent upsurge of interest in revisiting Asian American film stars of bygone eras who had been previously dismissed for accepting racist caricatures, like Wong, or whose three-dimensional portrayals were ignored, like Shigeta. “It’s not only happening in Asian American Studies classes and Ethnic Studies classes, but also in the professoriate where people are finding these figures in the past and bringing them back to life. We are writing them into history. And I’m excited to see what young people are doing with this material too. There’s so much work to be done and we have to give people the space, the resources, the jobs to continue doing this work.” 
What Parreñas-Shimizu discovered in the course of her research on Asian American male film stars was something unexpected—an ethical manhood that cares for self and for others. Bruce Lee, one of the most iconic figures in cinematic history, embodied this kind of manhood. “Bruce Lee cared for the people around him. He had this amazing expression of vulnerability that women and others found electric. He also had a relationship with violence that was regretful. Violence was only inflicted when it was justified. And he had to be punished for it.” 
Lee’s sexuality, which Parreñas-Shimizu describes as “magnificent,” was claimed by multiple people in different ways  “After his death his wife published a book called Bruce Lee: The Only Man I Knew,” she says. “It was a claiming of him as a good father and a good husband. At the same time, a movie that came out called I Love You Bruce Lee which was about the sexual prowess he had in the bedroom with his mistress. So there were these competing ideas of masculinity and sexuality that are both not quite right because they’re rather binary—one is a sex bomb guy and one is a good husband. But I think Bruce Lee in his movies as well as in his interviews presented a much more complex masculinity that’s somewhere in between those two.”  
Parreñas-Shimizu says there are many contemporary examples of Asian American manhoods that don’t veer to either heteronormative pole of master of the pillow or master of the family. “Keo Woolford is one of my actors in my earlier films who starred in a production of The King and I for a long time, and has a show at the East/West Players Theater called Three Year Swim Club that he directed and choreographed. It’s about an Asian American coach who trained these Hawaiian kids to compete in the Olympics. He does a lot of work on the Pacific Islander body that’s interesting.”  Then there are our favorite stoners, Harold and Kumar. “You can say they’re a part of this new trend of bromance, nontraditional men who are the new romantic heroes, but they themselves have an interesting love affair with each other. Friendship is really celebrated where they can say they love each other.”  And then there’s pornography, where if Asian American men appear at all, it’s usually as orientalized “bottoms” in the “rice queen” genre, or gay white men paired with gay Asian men. But there’s one Asian American male pornstar who’s rewriting the script. “I’m writing about Keni Styles, who is the first celebrated Asian heterosexual pornstar recognized by the big awards. In his own video series called Superman Stamina, he gives his racial history as an adopted Thai man and the bullying he received as an orphan in London. He developed premature ejaculation because he never thought Asians could be stallions in bed. And so now he sells these videos on how to overcome that. My essay is going to be included in a feminist porn book that’s coming out next year.”       
I often ask my interviewees what their favorite song is to sing in karaoke. Parreñas-Shimizu, however, might be the first Filipin@ person I’ve ever met who has never sung a karaoke song. “My weakness in life is lyrics,” she says. “If I hear music, I can’t tell you what the words are. Isn’t that bizarre?  I can’t do it. I know happy birthday. It’s almost like I’m tongue-less. I come from a really musical family. We had a family reunion in Vegas where there was karaoke and everyone did it. They sang Madonna songs, but I didn’t do it.”  If Professor Parreñas-Shimizu ever writes to write a book about William Hung, I’d like to suggest a title that borrows from one of The Material Girl’s most famous songs—Touched For the Very First Time: William Hung and Asian American Ethical Manhood. 
Straitjacket Sexualities: Unbinding Asian American Manhoods in the Movies was published in April of 2012 by Stanford University Press, and is available in most major bookstores. Her first feature film, Birthright: Mothering Across Difference (2009), is available at www.progressivefilms.org.

The Niceguy Rockstar: Eric Hsu of Johnny Hi-Fi Plays Hyphen Generations 25/10 Party

In anticipation of our 10th Anniversary/25 Issues celebration, Hyphen interviews Eric Hsu -- frontman of featured band Johnny Hi-Fi -- about cultivating the Asian American rock community, the relationship between music and cooking, and the secret to a glowing complexion.