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From Livia Ching, one of Hyphen's copy editors
I don't have a whole lot of free time to surf the Internet so when I do I try to make it count. It's always been fun to see what new scandals are revealed through the paper trails of the rich and famous and notoriously stupid on The Smoking Gun.
I was reading about Jennifer Wilbanks, the runaway bride and about the mess she made in Georgia. A few of the emails that came in about what a "bowser" she is and how the search was a total waste of time were amusing. I laughed when a couple people wrote in to suggest she get medical attention for hyperthyroidism because her photo showed her eyeballs popping out of her face.
However, when I got to e-mail #23, I stopped laughing.
Did y'all see John Cho the other week on Grey's Anatomy? He plays a sick dude. A little sad for a guy who has starred in movie... But apparently is not quite a movie star. It got me to thinking, because last week I interviewed Damien Nguyen, star of The Beautiful Country. You haven't heard of him yet because all he's done is background gangster guys. The film will release July 7 (also starring Bai Ling, see Hyphen issue 7 for the interview) but Damien did a really great job.
Photo by Jay Jao.
Wow, thanks for all of you who came out to the Alpha Bar this Saturday to celebrate the release of issue 6. What a great turnout! We hope you had a good time. I know we did! To see photos taken by Jay Jao click here. Enjoy!
From Sonny Le, Advisory Board member
Here we go again! The Atlantic magazine, a must-read for the enlightened intelligentsia and political junkies of America, has resurrected the "Yellow Peril," or at least that is what its latest cover looks like.
Got back yesterday morning from Slant in Houston. (That's the Asian American film festival I curate down there.) And by morning, I mean 2 a.m. (California time). My flight was delayed on account of big Texas thunderstorms that were cracking the sky and shaking rain all over. Thanks for everyone who made it out to the films, in spite of the rain. And thanks to the Aurora Picture Show for hosting my fest for 5 years now. They are truly one of my favorite spots in all of Houston. They show all sorts of new media and are housed in an old church building that was built in 1928. Check them out if you're ever in Houston.
It doesn't rival Zhang Ziyi's appearence on Newsweek's cover, but fellow actress Bai Ling says that she was cut out of the upcoming Star Wars: Episode III after she agreed to appear wearing just a light saber in Playboy.
You don't have to be a professor to figure out that there's rarely an Asian American on prime-time TV, but some UCLA researchers went ahead and did another study to verify the obvious.
The new study shows that Asian Americans are indeed underrepresented on prime-time television.
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