The group Asian Media Watch is circulating an open letter to Viacom CEO Sumner Redstone protesting what it says is racially derogatory programming on MTV and Comedy Central. The shows in question are Drawn Together, The Colbert Report and The Surreal Life on VH1.
Yesterday I injured myself snowboarding. It wasn't one of those, ‘There’s a tree in front of me, I’d better turn. Hmm, I’m not turning. Oh, now I’m crashing.’ mistakes where you get to dread the possible consequences and visualize your impact before it happens; it was more like, ‘Whuh? Oh, crap.’ where you realize the moment you're about to be launched in the air that you can’t do anything but relax and experience the consequences of your lack of foresight. It’s hard to say whether it was my left foot that stayed in place while everything else twisted around it or whether the rotations were shared equally as my left foot headed clockwise while my left leg, right leg, right foot, upper body and snowboard turned counterclockwise; regardless, the end result was the same: my left ankle was not feeling so good. Snowboard boots provide excellent compression, however, so I stuck it out on the hill for a few more runs.
Excellent visibility near the top of the hill
Hullo. Hopefully some groggy, post-holiday blog readers snapped to attention on that one.
Sale. Yup, once a year (and once a year only!) Hyphen reduces our online subscription rates. From the standard $18 for 4 issues (which is already so cheap, we make no money off of it once you cover printing & postage), to $15 (which is actually less than our barest costs of production).
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Hyphen Holiday Gift Guide
Goods made by Asian Americans
If you’re anything like us, you’re a last-minute gift shopper. Good thing shopping now is as easy as pointing and clicking. (Let’s say it all together now: What did we do before the Internet?)
Need some last-minute ideas? Hyphen’s here to help. Our first piece of advice? Stay away from the malls. Instead, find that one-of-a-kind present from an independent designer, artist or small business. Throughout the year, Hyphen brings you creative goods in Take Out, our products section. Not only are these items unique, but they are all made by Asian Americans. Here’s some of the items we’ve covered in past issues, as well as some new ones. Now go out there and stuff some stockings.
New Yorkers, the Grace Lee Project opened last night at the Film Forum in New York. If you missed it on the film festival circuit last year, you should check it out! I've been a fan of Grace Lee's work since programming one of her short films in my own little film festival in Houston. The subject for this film is a seemingly simple one. Grace interviews a bunch of other women named Grace Lee, creating a thoughtful and funny exploration of the identity of Asian American women. But don't take my word for it. Here's a New York Times review by Stephen Holden.
Fellow Hyphen staffers have probably noticed I've been MIA at meetings and events for a little bit. Sorry about that, guys. Contrary to what you might think, I haven't just been sitting on my ass doing nothing :) One of my very best friends, Taylor Pham, is an AMAZING make-up artist, and I've been helping her implement an e-commerce website featuring a brand new line of luxury cosmetics and accessories designed exclusively to enhance the natural beauty of Asian women. Taylor's work has been featured in Modern Bride, San Franciso Magazine, Audrey magazine, Today's Bride, and the Knot (to name a few). Check out her portfolio at facesbytaylor.com.
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