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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.
Thanks to everyone who made it out to our Trivia Night fundraiser on Saturday! What a great turnout! Hope y'all had fun and learned a new factoid or two. Special thanks to Bernice Yee, Paul Cruz and John Liau who made this event happen.
This is an announcement and shameless self-promotion. But what can you do when you can't afford advertising in other media outets?
Hyphen is hosting a trivia night tomorrow. Click on the guy to the right there. Or you can click here for the info too. We've got some prizes for the winning team, and even if you don't want to play, stay for the party afterwards.
Also, if you're buying anything from Amazon for the holidays, and you want to help Hyphen out a little, please go to the Amazon site from the Hyphen site. All you have to do is click on the Amazon ad that is below in the right-hand column. Hyphen will get a little change for the referral. It's just one small way to help out your friendly neighborhood volunteer-run nonprofit magazine.
OK, now for some news.
MTV's new network for Chinese Americans, MTV Chi, went on the air today with Jin's Learn Chinese as its first video. MTV Desi launched earlier this year as part of MTV's effort to reach the Asian American demographic.
A high school student, Charlene Nyuon, is suing a school district for outing her sexual orientation to her mother.Nyuon is being represented by the ACLU. And a judge just ruled that she can continue with her privacy suit. Her mother is supporting her, which is cool. Here's a quote from her mom, Crystal Chhun
"I am very glad that the judge agreed Charlene can continue to stand up for her rights. I love and fully support Charlene, but that’s not the case for every gay student out there. The person to decide when and how to talk with our family about her sexual orientation should have been my daughter, not the principal.”
Right on, mom!
I don't want to turn this into a medical TV show blog, but has anyone else noticed that three female Asian American TV characters on hospital shows and have all been romantically involved with African Americans? Not that there's anything wrong with Asian Americans and African Americans dating, but it just seems odd that these characters end up in similar relationships.
So, I was watching Grey’s Anatomy on Sunday. If you follow this blog you will know that I watch it because I like Sandra Oh and also well, as a friend of mine puts it, it’s like Ally McBeal MD. Totally guilty pleasure.
The show is about surgical interns at a Seattle hospital. The title character, Meredith Grey, has been depressed lately because a one-night stand turned out to be her boss at the hospital, and then turned out to be married and on the run from his cheating wife. Meredith knew nothing about the existence of her boyfriend's wife. At the end of last season, Wifey, also a top-notch surgeon, shows up the hospital to win her husband back. So this season, they reconciled. Everyone works together, just to make it as drama-filled as possible. Yes, Meredith has a totally unenviable situation, but must she go through every episode whining, pouting and being completely self-absorbed? (I am so over her character.) To deal with her pain, she’s having lots of one-night stands.
Like George Bush, I recently took a trip to the border town of El Paso. My brother moved there in July to begin his four year stint at the nearby Holloman Air Force Base. El Paso is a fascinating place. Just across the border from Juarez, the fourth biggest city in Mexico, it is also home to Fort Bliss Military Base – which is receiving over 16,000 new troops this year from the series of military base closings and restructurings. Being in this super militarized border town made even a trip to the corner store steeped in layers and layers of socio-political context. My family refused to accompany me on a photography trip to the Juarez border after Thanksgiving, so I decided to visit the National Border Patrol Museum. I was expecting the skewed discourse about the hordes of illegal Mexican immigrants trying to break into America’s Southern Frontier at any cost, which there was plenty of. Occasionally the literature on the walls of the museum would ask questions like: “Will the trend of illegal immigration continue?” And the answer would be: “Yes. As long as people of the world quest for a better life, the rise of illegal entries will continue.”
Bruce Lee was honored in Bosnia and Hong Kong with statues for what would have been his 65th birthday over the weekend.
However, a few hours after the statue in Bosnia was dedicated, it was vandalized.