November 6th, 2009
Last year, I joined the board of Hyphen magazine. After a multiple-year hiatus from the organization, it’s been pretty amazing to return to the fold and see how it’s grown from something that a bunch of us dreamed up in Annie and Titania’s kitchen into an award-winning entity.
Still, as an independent publication run by an all-volunteer staff, it remains a labor of love for the many people affiliated with Hyphen. Your support — whether through a tax-deductible donation or through spreading the word about us — is especially appreciated at a time when the entire journalism industry is searching for strategies to keep the publication of newspapers and magazines viable.
Back in 2002, when we were just getting Hyphen off the ground, I used to joke that we should’ve made an accompanying reality TV show to chronicle the drama, hilarity and hi-jinks that ensued in those early days. But we stuck it out and figured out a way to start a magazine from scratch with zero funds because we were driven by a common desire to see more diverse images and read more complex stories about Asian America.
After all these years, this desire for a broader and more nuanced documentation of American life is what continues to motivate my support for Hyphen. I hope you’ll join me in whatever way you can.
A big thanks to Hyphen’s fiscal sponsor, Independent Arts & Media!