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Conceived in 2002 by San Francisco Bay Area journalists and community leaders who saw the need for a publication about Asian America that would go beyond Lucy Liu, sushi and yet another examination of the "model minority" story. With award-winning design and fresh perspectives that aren't just about identity issues, Hyphen covers the artists and change-makers who are shaping what it means to be As

Conceived in 2002 by San Francisco Bay Area journalists and community leaders who saw the need for a publication about Asian America that would go beyond Lucy Liu, sushi and yet another examination of the "model minority" story. With award-winning design and fresh perspectives that aren't just about identity issues, Hyphen covers the artists and change-makers who are shaping what it means to be As

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“A bold and groundbreaking writer, Yamash*ta’s deeply creative body of work has made an enduring impact on our literary ...
09/10/2021
National Book Foundation to present lifetime achievement award to Karen Tei Yamash*ta

“A bold and groundbreaking writer, Yamash*ta’s deeply creative body of work has made an enduring impact on our literary landscape,” said David Steinberger, Chair of the Board of Directors of the National Book Foundation. “Whether it’s an evocative exploration of cities, collaborative performance productions, or connecting the plots of Jane Austen to Japanese American life, her work reaches across time, country, and culture to offer readers a powerfully complex guide to our world.”

The National Book Foundation, presenter of the National Book Awards, today announced that it will award Karen Tei Yamash*ta with the 2021 Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters (DCAL). Yamash*ta, whose I Hotel was a Finalist for the National Book Award for Fiction, is being honored...

Did you know that #ShangChi’s Fala Chen was the 2002 Miss Asian America queen? 👸🏻
09/06/2021
Our Legacy • Miss Asian Global & Miss Asian America Pageant

Did you know that #ShangChi’s Fala Chen was the 2002 Miss Asian America queen? 👸🏻

We are committed to the personal and professional growth of young Asian American women. The success of the Miss Asian Global and Miss Asian America Pageant reflects the dedication of our 200+ volunteers and support from the community.

NBCUniversal Creates DEI Exec Role with ViacomCBS’ Jeanne Mau
08/25/2021
NBCUniversal Creates DEI Exec Role with ViacomCBS’ Jeanne Mau

NBCUniversal Creates DEI Exec Role with ViacomCBS’ Jeanne Mau

Mau will oversee diversity initiatives across the company's TV and streaming brands and dual report to Universal Studio Group chair Pearlena Igbokwe and entertainment content chair Susan Rovner.

Going from a moment to a movement: Sandra Oh on the difference between diversity and inclusiveness for POC in film/TV an...
08/18/2021
Sandra Oh Is Agitating for Real, Culture-Changing Inclusion

Going from a moment to a movement: Sandra Oh on the difference between diversity and inclusiveness for POC in film/TV and IRL.

In Netflix's The Chair, Oh plays an academic struggling to modernize an unwieldy institution. She's been bringing the same fight to Hollywood for decades.

So, Gutenberg Didn’t Actually Invent Printing As We Know It
08/14/2021
So, Gutenberg Didn’t Actually Invent Printing As We Know It

So, Gutenberg Didn’t Actually Invent Printing As We Know It

If you heard one book called “universally acknowledged as the most important of all printed books,” which do you expect it would be? If you were Margaret Leslie Davis, the answer would be obvious. …

This guy wrote a creepy sexual ode to Jia Tolentino, and it’s so problematic for so many reasons that are now coming to ...
08/07/2021
Jia Tolentino -

This guy wrote a creepy sexual ode to Jia Tolentino, and it’s so problematic for so many reasons that are now coming to light from poets on Twitter. 😬

Jia: I’ve deleted all my by gones and ghosted each and every version of myself: a kingdom I don’t believe in anymore. Twenty-seven days in nickel-freezing northern Michigan beneath those denuded Tamaracks in the evil Red Lodge. New poetry by Nicholas Rombes.

As we remember the destruction of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombs 76 years ago this week, author Erika Hayasaki deftly ...
08/07/2021
Daughters of the Bomb: A Story of Hiroshima, Racism and Human Rights

As we remember the destruction of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombs 76 years ago this week, author Erika Hayasaki deftly traces connections between Black activists in the United States and the fight for a world that is free of nuclear weapons. Nobody is free until we're all free.

On the 75th anniversary of the A-bomb, a Japanese-American writer speaks to one of the last living survivors—and traces connections from Malcolm X to the fight to end nuclear war.

Suni Lee tears up after seeing tribute video from Hmong family
08/06/2021
Suni Lee tears up after seeing tribute video from Hmong family

Suni Lee tears up after seeing tribute video from Hmong family

Olympic gymnast Suni Lee won a gold, silver and bronze medal in Tokyo. Lee and her parents join TODAY on the plaza to talk about her medals and her parents’ watch parties. TODAY also surprises Lee with a video from an 8-year-old Hmong girl and her family.

Our Editor in Chief Karissa Chen has a new column up at Catapult: Diary of a Reverse Immigrant. Here’s the first entry o...
08/04/2021
Tea Eggs Have Always Tasted Like Home | Karissa Chen

Our Editor in Chief Karissa Chen has a new column up at Catapult: Diary of a Reverse Immigrant. Here’s the first entry on the comforts of tea eggs. 🍵🥚

In the first weeks after my arrival in Taipei, I ate more of these eggs than I’d like to admit.

All the feels for this father-daughter story 😭“Two days before Suni competed at the U.S. National Gymnastics Championshi...
07/30/2021
Gymnast Suni Lee’s dad couldn't afford a balance beam, so he built her one

All the feels for this father-daughter story 😭

“Two days before Suni competed at the U.S. National Gymnastics Championships in August [2019], John fell off a ladder while helping a neighbor trim a tree and was paralyzed from the chest down.

Afterward, Suni considered skipping the championships but her father pushed her to continue to fight for her dreams . . .”

Olympic gymnast Sunisa "Suni" Lee is making history as the first Hmong American to compete in the Olympics, a feat her dad, John Lee. is incredibly proud of.

Amazing: the first Hmong American Olympic athlete and all-around Gold winner. 💪🥇🎉
07/29/2021
Olympic Gymnastics Updates: Sunisa Lee Wins All-Around Gold

Amazing: the first Hmong American Olympic athlete and all-around Gold winner. 💪🥇🎉

Rebeca Andrade of Brazil won silver and Angelina Melnikova of Russia won bronze in a field that was missing the American superstar Simone Biles, who cheered on the other gymnasts from the stands.

Yumi Nu wants to widen the beauty lens of what Asian American women's bodies look like and Michelle Lee, form. Allure Ed...
07/21/2021
Yumi Nu makes Sports Illustrated history, becoming magazine's first Asian American curve model

Yumi Nu wants to widen the beauty lens of what Asian American women's bodies look like and Michelle Lee, form. Allure Editor-in-Chief, on expanding ideas of diversity beyond just tokenism.

Yumi Nu made Sports Illustrated history as the swimsuit issue's first Asian American curve model. In an interview only on "CBS This Morning," Weijia Jiang spoke to Nu about redefining what beauty really is. The new issue is on sale July 19.

Bowen Yang makes history with Emmy nomination
07/14/2021
Bowen Yang makes history with Emmy nomination

Bowen Yang makes history with Emmy nomination

The actor is one of the first Chinese Americans and the first "Saturday Night Live" featured player to be nominated for an acting award.

Asian Prisoner Support Committee proudly presents a first glance of their forthcoming anthology, ARRIVING: Freedom Writi...
07/12/2021
APSC Anthology Sneak Preview: “ARRIVING”

Asian Prisoner Support Committee proudly presents a first glance of their forthcoming anthology, ARRIVING: Freedom Writings of Asian and Pacific Islanders. This collection of interviews, essays, poetry, and fiction weaves together over forty powerful stories of Asian American and Pacific Islanders who are journeying from migration to school to prison to deportation to reentry and beyond. These nuanced voices intimately express the pain, regret, grief, forgiveness, resilience, love, and hope that comes with personal transformation. This courageous book explores what it means to be in the process of arriving—in a moment, in a memory, in a dream, in a home, in yourself—when we dare to heal.

Starting on July 8th, APSC will release a selection from the collection for six weeks on their website.

Register for their virtual sneak preview event on July 22nd at 5pm PST featuring readings and a special behind the scenes discussion.

APSC presents a sneak preview of our forthcoming anthology, ARRIVING: Freedom Writings of Asian and Pacific Islanders

Hyphen’s editor at large on why it’s okay to be the weird one in your family. It’s a good thing. 😁
07/09/2021
The Joy of Being a Bad Asian

Hyphen’s editor at large on why it’s okay to be the weird one in your family. It’s a good thing. 😁

What is it like to be Asian American when you’re invisible within it?

Sesame Street: Proud of Your Eyes Song | #ComingTogether
06/26/2021
Sesame Street: Proud of Your Eyes Song | #ComingTogether

Sesame Street: Proud of Your Eyes Song | #ComingTogether

Alan and Wes support Analyn to feel strong and proud of who she is. They sing “Proud of Your Eyes” to help comfort Analyn after someone said something hurtfu...

Congratulations to the team behind PBS’s Asian Americans series! It’s an honor just to be Asian. 🏆🥂
06/23/2021
Sandra Oh Presents Asian Americans with a Peabody Award

Congratulations to the team behind PBS’s Asian Americans series! It’s an honor just to be Asian. 🏆🥂

Watch #SandraOh present the #PeabodyAward to #PBS #AsianAmericans, and thank series producer Renee Tajima-Peña and the entire team: "This series is an absorb...

On June 19, 1982, Vincent Chin was beaten to death by two white men, Chrysler plant supervisor Ronald Ebens and his step...
06/19/2021
Making Movements to Honor Us w/ Helen Zia

On June 19, 1982, Vincent Chin was beaten to death by two white men, Chrysler plant supervisor Ronald Ebens and his stepson, laid-off autoworker Michael Nitz. At the time, the American auto industry was nose-diving, and many unemployed auto workers blamed the rising popularity of Japanese imports. Detroit was a hotbed of anti-Japanese resentment.

Ebens and Nitz denied that their attack was race-motivated, but they plead guilty and were ordered to pay a $3,000 fine and served no jail time. Chin died of his injuries at the hospital.

Journalist Helen Zia and lawyer Liza Chan led the fight for stronger federal hate crime laws, and this became a turning point for Asian American activism across the nation. Zia is still on the frontlines today.

#RememberVincentChin

(S5, EP3) Helen Zia (She / Hers) joined me for this episode of the 5th season theme, "Our Becoming: An LGBTQ Asian Experience." Helen is a longtime queer…

Here’s to the trailblazers 🙌Dr. Elaine Kim was UC Berkeley's first tenured Asian woman faculty member, and mentored many...
06/19/2021
Elaine Kim on a Reckoning With Race Many Years in the Making

Here’s to the trailblazers 🙌

Dr. Elaine Kim was UC Berkeley's first tenured Asian woman faculty member, and mentored many of the Asian American scholars and public intellectuals who are now paying it forward, too.

Before Elaine Kim came to Berkeley as a Ph.D. student in 1968, she was used to being the only Asian person in the room.

"We didn't start by begging others to accept our stories, and that was a powerful and positive start." - Nina F. Ichikaw...
06/17/2021
Asian American Magazine Fights Erasure - SF Weekly

"We didn't start by begging others to accept our stories, and that was a powerful and positive start." - Nina F. Ichikawa, former Hyphen food & agriculture editor.

Thanks to SF Weekly for this story on Hyphen's history and impact.

An investor-backed media group laid claim to the moniker of S.F.’s long-running Hyphen magazine, sparking a conversation about writing over community history.

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Who is Asia America? by Sunita S. Mukhi Is she grandma who hardly speaks any English Shakes her head when she saw the stud on your tongue But beams a smile full of foreign false teeth when she caresses your diploma Is she mama who tells you need to cook to get a hubby That your curfew is midnight, like Sindhrella Asks why are all your friends not Indian as she asks the maid for hot chai Is she that gynecologist who understood why you couldn’t, shouldn’t But wouldn’t it be nice though If our parents approved even if no one would? Not even you. Is she the loudmouth who said how could you Permit this to happen, being like me The only other lady of color running this sprawling space of culture and pride? Is she the secretary who carries her boss’s stacks of books back to the library even when so pregnant Because her own mother gave birth in the fields of the Cordilleras Is she the nurse, who actually has a doctor’s degree from UP And knows the names first and last of her patients And advises the resident on the meds needed to get you well Is she the daughter who now wears purple lipstick and hip hops Even if for many years she bharat natyamed As the little darling of the community Is she the artist who bit the white hand That feeds her because the price Is her exotic oriental doll body on mute Is she that genius hot shot, the pride and joy of the motherland who works for hallowed corporate America peddling fast food, sugar, and software to the third world Is she that bright eyed teacher’s pet Who with fire in her belly opened up a center So that youth could find a home in a hopeless place Is she the nanny who takes your upper west side kid To the natural history museum, and sings “ili ili tulug anay” in your baby’s ear While her own children hear her via messenger Is she the pilot who made it rain torrentially to win a war against people who look so much like her Now teaches these new Americans some kind of English so they can speak their truth Is she the one who writes books, poems, stories about empires and guns Body parts, loves and lives lost even if they mattered only to a few And now are risen from the dead, wounds fresh and bleeding Is she that squat senior who slathered your face With snail slime, and essential oils Only to end up with a bullet like a bindi on her forehead Is she the smartly dressed lady with a latte Traipsing to Church on a bright sunshiny day Had the daylight knocked out of her while others just waited, watched Is she that astig crone who clobbered you good and proper When you knocked her down Stupidly assuming that she brought in that virus crown from Imperial China. Is she a sultan’s daughter, as her pedigree dictates, as her nobility obligates teaches the dances and songs of the ancestors Even if there is phobia for her veiled kind from her own people Is she that comedian who slips happily from accent to accent Home schools her children as she and her lawyer wife Reunites caged toddlers with their parents Is she you? Or you? Or you? Sure she is. She is also me.
💝MISSING KOREAN AMERICAN ACTRESS APPEAL #Oscars #Oscars2021 #CopyPaste #share 🗓February 2, 2017🗓4 PM⏰Actress Elaine Park Charcoal-Gray Four-Door 2015 Honda Civic Was Found Abandoned. Elaine Park Played Roles In #DesperateHousewives #ER #MADTV #CrazyStupidLove #pleaseshare Elaine Park's Honda Civic was discovered 5 days after CCTV shows Elaine's car on Jan. 28, 2017, leaving home of on-off boyfriend, Divine 'Div' Compere, son to #HOLLYWOOD producer *Shakim Compere, 2600 Delphine Lane, Calabasas, CA, USA 91302 (*co-founded Flavor Unit with #QueenLatifah #TheEqualizer #cbs) Qualities of NARCISSIST SOCIOPATH, Boyfriend Divine Compere, Shakim Compere or Queen Latifah have never ever visited the mother Susan Park, participated on searches or helped to highlight this appeal. #shareshareshare A La Crescenta resident, Elaine's car was discovered opposite direction to her home, ocean-side on Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu. The doors were unlocked, keys in the ignition, and all of her personal belongings including her phone, laptop, money, makeup, etc. was still inside the vehicle. GLENDALE POLICE 'GROSSLY MISHANDLED' ELAINE PARK CASE AND OTHERS. 'Serious issues with investigation protocols, search criteria, cover-ups and intentionally misleading the public and the media' (March 20, 2021, The Local Malibu), and refused the case be transferred to LAPD. Thank you and appreciate all you could do for Elaine. #sharethelove LOVE $140,000 REWARD Poster https://www.facebook.com/1792084324451150/posts/2904366139889624/ WATCH Investigation Discovery on Elaine Park, 10 mins https://youtu.be/9yD8YOlGhsQ INSIGHTFUL YouTuber Notes CCTV Irregularities https://youtu.be/I5IfY8DtY70 GLENDALE POLICE 'GROSSLY MISHANDLED' ELAINE PARK CASE AND OTHERS, March 20, 2021, https://thelocalmalibu.com/four-years-has-passed-since-elaine-park-disappeared-the-family-has-questions-and-so-do-we/ ANALYSIS 'What Happened to Elaine Park' https://www.jeccagonzalez.com/post/what-happened-to-elaine-park Help Find Elaine Park page https://www.facebook.com/helpfindelainepark/ #Like #Comment #Share #missingActress #calabasas #malibu #california #glendale #lacrescenta #missing #missingperson #missinginCalifornia #losangeles #LAPD #HelpFindElainePark
Asian American Writers Caucus at AWP at 4:30 pm PST/7:30 pm EST today! Register via Eventbrite to get the Zoom link!
Sorry to blow up the spot, for your SIP viewing leisure, the Center for Asian American Media, (CAAM) is also sponsoring more documentaries during the month of May. Hyphen’s own Ursula Liang has a featured documentary, “9-Man.”
Greetings and salutations. As you may know, starting next week in celebration of APA Heritage Month, on PBS, a 5-part documentary series “ASIAN AMERICANS” will be airing.
AMC’s critically acclaimed anthology series “THE TERROR” continues with its second season, “THE TERROR: INFAMY,” which premiers this Monday, August 12th, at 9:00pm & runs for 10 weeks until October 14. The horror story, set in a Japanese American internment camp, stars Derek Mio (in a secret relationship with a Mexican American student) and legendary actor George Takei. Please SHARE on social media to help it succeed so we can have more TV shows & movies which tell various aspects of the Asian American experience. Short trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FqNbAxvNElU best cos shows WWII context then horror Meet the characters: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B83cboydhXI&feature=youtu.be&fbclid=IwAR2-RAoC3SSFgzb22fe440BCyKsN3TlG4pDUETS8VT9UKB_TqDS1fy9iy1I
Sharing is caring... Join us for a Japantown celebration for late San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi this Saturday, April 27, 2019 at the JCCCNC, 1840 Sutter St. in San Francisco's Japantown. Featuring a special performance of "The Ballad of Chol Soo Lee," a song originally composed by Jeff to help raise funds for the movement to exonerate a Korean immigrant on Death Row, performed by Robert Kikuchi-Yngojo. Reception to follow the 2 p.m. program. https://www.facebook.com/events/291196078439571/
DEADLINE EXTENDED We're excited to announce "Out of Frame," a special Instagram issue forthcoming this spring! When talking about visual art, we often use the language of 'capturing'. A camera, a canvas, a sketch all 'capture' scenes of life and aim our gaze at willing or unwilling subjects. For our spring issue, we want to rethink what goes into the images we make. What gets left out (intentionally or not) in this act of depiction and capturing? How do individuals resist capture through visual art? And how does one hide in plain sight? This spring, As I Am: Asian American Social Justice is interested in escape, hiding, and liberation. How can visual media point to what lies outside the frame? Is there any use in erasure and redaction? We’re interested in moments that explore and answer such questions; we want to see your scenes of escape, boundlessness, and emancipation. We are keen on any visual content (photography, painting, cartoon, video, etc.) that would be fit for an Instagram release. Please submit, via [email protected]
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Image may contain: text Tammy Ho Lai-Ming August 9 at 6:52 PM [Call for Submissions] We are excited to announce a poetry anthology to promote cross-cultural understanding between the West and Asia, to be jointly published by Cha: An Asian Literary Journal and Goldfish Press (USA). We are looking particularly for 1) North American poems engaging with East and Southeast Asia and 2) East and Southeast Asian poems engaging with North America. Poets are welcome to define ‘engagement’ in their own way. Koon Woon from Goldfish Press and Tammy Ho Lai-Ming from Cha will be the editors for this collection. Submission Guidelines:
Hi! I'd like to share two opportunities from Project As[I]Am, an Asian-American social justice zine where I currently serve as Content Editor, with you: First, Project As[I]Am is currently accepting submissions for our fourth issue, Ghost Towns. This fall, As[I]Am seeks submissions that grapple with loss, abandonment, memory, absence, and nostalgia. We want your stories, poetry, interviews, personal essays, videos, and visual art by our submission deadline of August 12, 2018. Completed pieces can be sent to [email protected]. Read more about our Call for Submissions here: http://project-as-i-am.com/call-for-submissions-ghost-town/ Second, As[I]Am is looking for folks to join our team! There are two open positions, Communications Coordinator and Operations + Volunteer Coordinator. To apply, please send materials to editors [at] project-as-i-am.com by July 27, 2018. Read more about our Call for Staff here: http://project-as-i-am.com/asiam-call-for-staff-2018-apply-by-july-27th/ Thanks!
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