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Nest Egg

Asian women command a high price for egg donation, but is it worth the risk?

Assisted reproductive technology is largely devoid of government regulation, standardized protocols and risk information for many participants — including, increasingly, Asian women.

Teresa Chin | Feature, Issue 27: Sex - Summer 2013
Long Live Raja

A drag superstar finds his, and her, confidence

The RuPaul's Drag Race winner talks sex, drag and what it’s like to be your own power couple.

Lauren Kawana | Issue 27: Sex - Summer 2013, Q+A
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The Herb Is the Word

Ancient aphrodisiacs for the modern woman

I wanted to bring back the fire — and a warm body to bed — so when I moved to San Francisco’s Chinatown, I turned to traditional Chinese medicine to help get my groove back.

Valerie Luu | Featurette, Issue 27: Sex - Summer 2013
Scarlet Letters

Student Sex Columnists Under Fire

It’s no secret — college students have sex, and in recent years, more college newspapers and student bloggers have been writing about their experiences between the sheets. For three Asian American...

Samantha Masunaga | Featurette, Issue 27: Sex - Summer 2013
Yeah, She Went There

Sex Nerd Sandra wants to school you in the bedroom

“Hello, naughty monkeys,” Sandra Daugherty says into her microphone at the start of her show, the wildly popular sex education podcast Sex Nerd Sandra.

Over the next hour, she details how...

Michele Carlson | Featurette, Issue 27: Sex - Summer 2013
The ABCs of Hmong

A Sacramento school learns the value of Hmong language immersion

At Sacramento’s Susan B. Anthony Elementary, Sao Vue’s kindergarteners sit on a brightly colored carpet, looking up at him and repeating alphabet sounds. “Ahhh, aaay, eeeh,” they sing.


Momo Chang | Feature, Issue 27: Sex - Summer 2013
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Body Politic

Artist Taravat Talepasand confronts the Iranian female body within a political landscape

Huge, engorged, disproportionate breasts jut from the draped body and covered face of a woman — San Francisco-based Iranian artist Taravat Talepasand is obsessed with this pornographic image she...

Michele Carlson | Artwell, Issue 27: Sex - Summer 2013
Now You See Me

A photographer makes it her mission to bring trans and queer Asian women into visibility

Growing up in the ’80s, queer Asian Pacific Islanders were invisible to the general population. As the founding photo editor of Hyphen in 2001, I wanted to ensure broad Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and...

Mia Nakano | Artwell, Issue 27: Sex - Summer 2013
Beats Per Minute

A look at the Japanese underground music scene in Brooklyn

It’s 10 p.m. on the western edge of Williamsburg in Brooklyn, NY. This is a distinctly lonelier place than the developed, hipster- saturated main drag just five blocks east. Here, in relative...

Andrew Rusli | Music, Issue 27: Sex - Summer 2013
Is It Contagious

Yellow fever debate spreads as indie documentary leads to web series spin-off

A young African American man speaks genially yet matter-of-factly into the camera. “So I’m looking for a petite, gracious woman which typically, traditionally happens to be an Asian woman.” A...

Nicole Wong | Film, Issue 27: Sex - Summer 2013

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We're talkin' 'bout a revolution! Our latest issue features key revolutionaries Grace Lee Boggs and Yuri Kochiyama, along with grassroots movements happening today.


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