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Hey New York, Hyphen will be on the radio today from 7 to 9 pm. We'll be on the Asia Pacific Forum, a progressive Asian American radio show which is broadcast on WBAI 99.5 FM, a Pacifica station. Guests on the show include our Todd Inoue, music writer and editor extraordinaire; Kai Ma, the reporter who wrote about (and experienced first hand) Korean booking clubs in our most recent issue; Lisa Katayama, who wrote about transgender issue and immigration in our Body Issue (after that we prompty snagged her as an editor), and a few other Hyphen folks. Maybe me. Maybe erin, our publisher. (We're going to flip a coin for it). The show will be hosted by Ursula Liang, who contributes to both Asia Pacific Forum and to Hyphen, where she's our sports editor.
With all the fizzled hype surrounding moguls skier and NFL-wannabe Jeremy Bloom, one story that slipped under the radar is Toby Dawson, the bronze medal winner in the Olympics freestyle moguls. Dawson was the only American skier to win a medal in the moguls event.
The Seattle Times ran this story on Hines Ward, the Super Bowl MVP: Biracial Super Bowl hero is big hit in South Korea. Hines is half Korean, half black—his mother is Korean and his father was a black GI. This isn't the first story on this subject. I wonder if it's blown up by the media, or if they really are as crazy for him over there as they say. The story addresses the contempt in Korean society for mixed race people. But times are changing. People seem to be more open, letting go of old prejudices.
Sometimes though, it seems that people enthusiastically embrace all things multiracial and multicultural just as a way to show how modern and with it they are.
Many of the posts on this blog rant and rave about how Hollywood disses Asian Americans. East West Players and the Asian American Theater Company are offering three programs that probably offer the best long-term solution: getting more Asian Americans involved.
After chasing Olympic gold for over a decade, Michelle Kwan announced today that she is withdrawing herself from the U.S. Olympic team for this Winter Games. Kwan has tallied five world titles, nine national championships and silver and bronze medals at previous Olympics (1998 and 2002, respectively) but has been unable to take it all home at the Olympics. In explaining a decision that Scott Hamilton described as "generous", Kwan said, "I respect the Olympics too much to compete... I don't want to be a distraction here." The doctor who examined her stated this new acute injury is not career-ending, but still, not a bad list of accomplishments for a 25 year old.
Asian American boookstores are priceless -- precarious and brave. What Advanced Searches on Barnes & Noble.com will never yield, what the shelves of Borders can't be counted on to carry much less surrender -- the Asian American bookstore will have gathered and displayed for you, rows upon rows of just the things you might not want to miss. It's like having a literary personal shopper.
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