After months of campaigning by immigrant and LGBTQ rights groups, Nicoll Hernández-Polanco was freed from her detention by ICE. Her story, written by Kris Hayashi of the Transgender Law Center, is a story of a young woman who escaped the broken immigration system, and how she was criminalized and psychologically tortured simply for being young and transgender.
Connect with us to pitch a story, apply for a staff position, or let us know how you'd like to be involved. All positions are volunteer, you'll receive payment in the satisfaction that you're contributing to an organization ensuring Asian American voices are heard, perspectives are told, and faces are seen.
"Another month has somehow slipped by. As my final deportation hearing is getting closer, I can't help but get excited. I look forward to the opportunity to express myself to the government and the people about why I deserve to stay in this country. I'll be speaking for my future. The month of February is full of hope and potential. I'm waiting for another miracle."
That's the most recent post on Eddy Zheng's blog.
Time to catch up on a few stories that we've reported on in past issues of Hyphen.
Here's an update on the Operation Meth Merchant story that we covered recently in issue 8. If you haven't been following, 49 people were charged in Georgia of selling over the counter meds that can be used for making meth. Forty-four of those people were Indian American. The Indian American community said, "Hello?! Racial profiling?!" The ACLU decided to step in and help.
Sometimes I feel overwhelmed with the endless possibilities of things to do around here. I am lucky to live where I do (Oakland/Bay Area!). Sometimes I also feel like the events compete with one another. But all in all, I think the more the better.
When I was a little Indian kid growing up in the suburbs of Dayton, Ohio, I would often face confusion about my ethnicity and race from my fellow classmates. I remember riding the school bus home from school and being crushed into a green rubbery seat with my friend Michelle and her little sister. We were bouncing along the street and Michelle was pointing out the window at people in passing cars and informing her little sister on the ways of the world.
Michelle: See, that lady in that car is Mexican and she is bad because she takes all our jobs.
Little Sister: Oh, okay. (Looking over at me with a confused look.) What about her?
Michelle: Oh, she’s okay. She doesn’t count.
Little Sister: (Still looking confused.) Oh?
I'm bummed about this Alito thing. Roberts didn't alarm me as much. Even though Roberts is conservative, he seems like he has a good legal head on his shoulders, and that he has respect for precedent. Alito — how do I say this? — gives me the heebie-jeebies.
Adam Carolla, Howard Stern's replacement on CBS radio, is drawing complaints from Asian American organizations for "ching chong" sound clips on his show in a segment making fun of the Asian Excellence Awards.
Click here for the original post on this topic.
I know some of y'all are tired of looking at the guy above from Issue 7. But take one last look. Cause he's a winner. Hyphen took home a first place prize for Best Cover at the Independent Press Association's annual convention this weekend! By prize, I mean bragging rights (no trophies were handed out).
Please note there are two people posting on this blog entry. On January 30, Melissa posted:
Happy Lunar New Year.
Not to start off the year on a bad note, but here we go again with radio personalities who think it's funny to make racist comments on the air.
Last Tuesday on Adam Corolla's radio show, he and his sidekick were commenting on the Asian Excellence Awards, put on by AZN TV. They claimed they had a clip of an award being presented on the show, which ended up being two guys saying nothing but "ching-chong" for 52 seconds.
Just got back from the Independent Press Association's 10th annual conference where erin, Ben and I represented. It's always great to meet folks from other indie magazines. There's lots of networking, and a schedule full of workshops to sit in on about topics like how to increase circulation, how to create good covers, how to market online, and so on. It's nice to be in a room full of people who go through the same struggles you do creating non-corporate, non-mainstream media -- people who've decided to take things into their own hands.