Issue 10: The Music Issue Letters

We Have International Subscriptions, You Know

October 1, 2006

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


Thanks for another great issue! I really enjoyed the piece on Kenji Yoshino—I found his concept of “covering” to be an interesting and useful articulation of the conflict between personal identity and the public eye. The interview with Mike Shinoda almost made me want to give Linkin Park a second chance. Even the article about that annoying comedian Chinaman was interesting because it reminded me of how I coped with being identified as Asian in middle school (but why did he get two pages while three much more interesting comics got only one each)?

Reading Hyphen has been helping me continuously re-conceptualize Asian American identity. Thank you and keep up the good work.

Alex Kondo
Oberlin, OH


Calvin Shih’s name was misspelled on the contributors page of Issue 9. Calvin wrote the profile about badminton player Howard Bach. Sorry about that, Calvin!


In Issue 9, we talked to artist Michael Arcega in “All Puns Intended.” The accompanying photograph of Arcega was taken by P.G. Rafanan on location at Heather Marx Gallery in San Francisco.


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Lisa Wong Macabasco

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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.