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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.
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.