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Back when I was an idealist, living in the boondocks of Japan, I wanted to share the world with my students. Most of them lived in very small towns; the nearest movie theater was 1-2 hours away. McDonalds had yet to arrive. Life is surprisingly traditional there; gender roles are well-defined, formal rituals observed.

Jennifer Huang | August 10, 2005 - 3:17pm
Chen Xianzhong is the owner of a Chinese restaurant in Baghdad, and, for some very compelling reasons, has recently made the decision to only offer takeout. After all, he can only afford so many bodyguards.
Chris | August 10, 2005 - 3:16pm
Lucy Liu may be slated to play the lead in a revival/update of the Charlie Chan universe.
Claire Light | August 9, 2005 - 6:38pm
I don't have much comment about this story, because it just makes me too angry and sad. These three Iranian brothers, one of whom came to the U.S. for his education and the other two who came over to escape the revolution, were caught in the triple bind created by our government's "war on terror", often actually a war of terror on our own residents. They've just recently been released after being detained for more than three years. Horrifyingly, their release was only secured by an investigation into the beating of one brother for standing up for an ailing fellow detainee. I love my country, but I am so ashamed of this government we allow to act in our name.
Claire Light | August 7, 2005 - 1:07pm
The National Asian Pacific American Legal Consortium released a report today highlighting problems that Asian Americans faced when they went to the polls during the November elections.
Melissa Hung | August 5, 2005 - 2:17pm

yellow ribbon.jpg Back when I was in a Duncan dance company (Isadora, that is,) we needed to raise $$ to go to Hungary. We had a couple garage sales, we put on a few performances, we were thousands short of our goal. Somehow our director was contacted by an independent film production company and before we knew it, we were "gypsy dancers" in a dream sequence of a film called --I can't remember. German title, South Asian American film.

Jennifer Huang | August 2, 2005 - 3:22pm
To follow on the ever-present discussion about white men-Asian women couples (last seen on our post about Bitter Asian Men) here's a controversy brewing in Oakland: There's an art show up at the Asian Resource Gallery in Oakland called Not So Lang (pretty): Why Two Chinese-Cali Artists Don't Date White Boys. Haven't gotten down there to see the show myself, but apparently there is a T-shirt in the show with "I Don't Date White Guys" stenciled on it. This upset some people.
Melissa Hung | August 1, 2005 - 4:30pm
Should an industry whose sales and marketing strategies feed guns to the black market be liable for shooting deaths?
Claire Light | July 31, 2005 - 4:29pm
We all love stats, don't we? I love stats so much, that I made sure we did a sex survey for Issue 7 of Hyphen (out in a month! Keep your eyes peeled!) just so I could mess with stats. Sex Stats! Until then, though, have a look at these Asian American community stats, extracted from the annual community survey, and prettily diagrammed.
Claire Light | July 30, 2005 - 12:35pm
Check out Rasika Mathur Thursday night on the new MTV, Nick Cannon, comedy show Wild 'N Out. From what I hear, the show is a more hip hop version of something like Whose Line Is It Anyway, which sounds fresh. It is awesome to see South Asian sisters being represented by the likes of a loud, in-your-face comedian like Rasika, who I saw back in 2002 at this amazing South Asian arts festival in LA called Artwallah. Speaking of representations of South Asian women, this site had me laughing and identifying. While we are on the topic of strong South Asian women, I picked up the latest Stuff Magazine in the airport the other day because it was featuring the women of the latest Owen Wilson/Vince Vaughn vehicle The Wedding Crashers. I am interested in going to see this movie because the duo supposedly crash an Indian wedding in the movie. And sure enough, there was a South Asian women, Naureen Zaim in there posing in her skivvies. Anyway, reading her brief bio I found at that she is a semi-professional boxer who has a 6-0 record with two knock outs. Now that's badass.
Neela Banerjee | July 28, 2005 - 3:19pm
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