Back by popular demand, Hyphen presents the 3rd annual Mr. Hyphen competition on October 4, 2008, celebrating the men of the Asian American community. Each year, Hyphen celebrates Asian American men who devote themselves to worthy community causes. While structured like a pageant with rounds of talent, fashion and Q&A, Mr. Hyphen turns stereotypes on their heads in front of a sold-out crowd. Striking a blow for equal-opportunity all-in-good-fun ogling, Mr. Hyphen is an energy-filled evening of fun and charity. Rounds will be decided alternately by an audience vote and by an illustrious panel of judges. The man who is crowned Mr. Hyphen wins a $1000 cash donation to his nonprofit organization.
Although there have been recent strides forward in the love Asian American men get from the media, there is still a ways to go. Hyphen’s Founding Editor Melissa Hung says, “Asian men are constantly portrayed as nerdy and unattractive. Hyphen is sick of these stereotypes. The Asian American men we know are witty, sexy and dedicated. That’s why we throw this annual event honoring them, specifically the men who have contributed to the nonprofits that enrich our community.”
Event: Mr. Hyphen
When: Saturday, October 4, 7 – 10pm
Where: Oakland Asian Cultural Center (510) 637-0455, 388 9th Street, Suite 290, Oakland, CA 94607 (Pacific Renaissance Plaza, second floor)
Tickets: $15 advance, $20 at the door. Advance tickets available online
All ages welcome, 21+ for alcohol.
Subscribe to Hyphen for only $5 at the event with ticket purchase!
Hosted by writer/performer: Samantha Chanse
Mr. Hyphen finalists:
Scott Chan (Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics)
Aristotle Garcia (Filipino-American Arts & Exposition)
Mike Liu (Spring Buds/California Dragon Boat Association)
Maurice Seaty (Southeast Asian Student Coalition)
Eric Tam (Asian American Donor Program)
Rockson Yan (API Legal Outreach Youth Program)
Hyphen is a print and online magazine covering politics, pop culture and arts in the Asian American community. Launched in June 2003, Hyphen was named a 2004 finalist for an Utne Independent Press Award in the category of Best New Title and has been featured in the San Francisco Chronicle, Adbusters, Flavorpill and the Utne Reader.