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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.  

Kris Hayashi | April 29, 2015 - 11:41am


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Mia Nakano LGBTQ | June 29, 2014 - 4:16pm
Yay! My new cultural hero is a 22-year-old stand up comedian from South Carolina named Aziz Ansari. And he walked all over New York City with a boom box blasting "Kiss Me". In front of girls.
Claire Light | October 12, 2005 - 2:02pm

If I had a dollar for every science fiction perpetrator who used Asian languages as a signpost of the future, BUT NOT ASIAN PEOPLE ... well, I'd have a bunch of dollars.

Take Joss Whedon ... please.

Claire Light | October 9, 2005 - 3:07pm
One of the ridiculous things about working for no pay at a news organization is that you, in practice, must work two jobs -- the nonpaying one and a paying one -- so then you're working way too much to notice the news going on. I’m a couple days behind reading the paper. OK, more than a couple days.
Melissa Hung | October 7, 2005 - 3:00pm

hopkins.jpg Oh my gosh I am sick of talking about stereotypes and issues of representation. We "ethnic media" people are sometimes viewed as whiny and unrelenting and one-track minded, and it's kind of true. Here I am, complaining again about the way my peeps are being represented. But we can't stop, because society at large has clearly not gotten the message. Look at this image! Just look at it! What do you think they were thinking when they came up with this?!!

Jennifer Huang | October 7, 2005 - 12:01pm
Duuuude ... whaddaya WANT from us?
Claire Light | October 2, 2005 - 4:24pm
Issue 7 Party tonight! Hope to see you there. Some links: Immigrant students who are victims of Katrina are afraid they'll be deported Their visas are tied to the schools they attend. But the schools they were attending are not open. What to do? Tulane had a large number of students from Bangladesh, as well as from India and Pakistan. Story about LA's K-town where Latinos are learning Korean, Koreans are learning Spanish, and no one seems to have much use for English. Reminds me of my grandparents, who owned a store in El Paso, TX for thirty-something years. While my grandpa is fluent in Canto, English, and Spanish, to this day my grandma is better at speaking Spanish than English. Must have been a pretty shocking sight for some folks to see here -- this little round Chinese lady cussing like crazy in Spanish. The DC APA film fest begins October 6th.
Melissa Hung | September 30, 2005 - 11:32am
Hello from Hyphenland. We've been busy getting the new issue (#7) out to subscribers and stores around the country. Watch your mailboxes! And in case you haven't heard, we're throwing a party this Friday to celebrate the release of the Body Issue. You're invited! Wish I could say more, but I'm pretty swamped and can't even get through all my emails. In the meantime, here's a couple things I've seen online the last couple days that I thought might interest you.
Melissa Hung | September 28, 2005 - 3:42pm
Just a little thought experiment for you blog commentators to sink your teeth into: Australia is currently beset by a controversy over white supremacist "science" (that again!)
Claire Light | September 25, 2005 - 3:39pm
New Jersey ex-professor Jonathan Nyce was sentenced to eight years in prison yesterday for murdering his wife Michelle, a Filipina mail-order bride, and staging a fake car crash to make it look like an accident. He's eligible for parole in five. The jury convicted Nyce for a "crime of passion" since his wife was having an affair with the gardener. Sorry, but the much-abused term of "passion" is no excuse for beating your spouse to death, and eight years is a joke when you can get 25-years-to-life for minor drug posession.
Lisa Ko | September 23, 2005 - 9:10am

I'm going to have to go to Madagascar now, to try Chinese Malagasy food. NYTimes ran this fascinating article yesterday on "hyphenated Chinese food." Interesting that the anthro expert insist that Chinese food be some formula of soy sauce, garlic, ginger and green onions. That feels like someone insisting that I have black hair, be docile and give good massages. I can think offhand of about a thousand Chinese dishes that don't require those ingredients, but hey, i didn't write the book or anything.

Jennifer Huang | September 22, 2005 - 3:47pm
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