Fall 2019 / 009
Arts & Entertainment
Two Hapa nerds, Will Varner and Cody Silver, discuss the mixed identity characters that they’ve loved (and struggled with) over the years and what each one signaled to them about being mixed race. Complete with their own amazing illustrations!
See what mestiza director Adrea A. Walter has to say about her experience as a director and filmmaker. What differences does it make having a mixed race, queer perspective behind the camera? Read on to find out!
Stephanie Mieko Cohen interviews friend Chad Kenney, most well known as DJ GOJ!RA. Read on to hear about Chad’s experiences as a DJ, what it’s like as a Hapa in the music industry, and what he has chosen to focus on now.
Melissa Slaughter interviews Emmy Award winning stunt coordinator Hiro Koda. Koda has worked on huge projects like Serenity, True Blood, Stranger Things 3, and Big Little Lies. Read more for details on what his career has been like and what he plans to do next.
Nathan interviews cinematographer Zach Grullon. Cinematography is more than just creating pretty images. Read on to find out more on Zach’s career, who his artistic influences have been, and how being mixed has affected his perspective behind the camera.
Mei Edwards interviews Taiyo Kitagawa who worked as an art director on Dove’s Project #ShowUs. Huge! See what Taiyo has to say about being a Hapa woman in the advertising industry and why it’s important to have diversity in the media business.
Alex Chester interviews the most decorated American Winter Olympic athlete, Apolo Ohno. Mr. Ohno is an entrepreneur, role model, and soon-to-be author. He found the time to chat about growing up mixed, being on Dancing with the Stars, boba preference, Asian glow, and of course, his favorite Keanu Reeves movie!
Welcome back to Mid-Century American Recipes! Chrissy Pardo pays homage to the humble yet venerable hot dog. There’s no way that mid-century people could possibly mess up these lovable, flavor-packed meat sticks, right? Check out these three recipes!
“Two Japanese Jews walk into a Japanese-Jewish restaurant...” Friend of Hapa Mag Stephanie Mieko Cohen reviews Japanese-Jewish fusion restaurant Shalom Japan along with sister Marissa. See what these two Japanese-Jewish American princesses thought about the innovative and delightful food there!
Interview with Mariko Miki, hāfu lawyer for reproductive justice. Today, more than ever, it is important to know your rights, where to turn for aid, and what you can do to help. Miki has worked for If/When/How almost a decade and shares her wisdom with Hapa Mag readers here.
The 2020 elections are rapidly approaching, and of course Hapa Mag is intrigued by mixed race candidate Kamala Harris. Guest contributor Joe Lee provides some insight on how tricky it can be as a Hapa politician. Is Kamala Harris alienating certain groups, and has she missed out on some teaching moments?
Imposter Syndrome. We all struggle with it at some point in our lives. Hapa Mag contributor Joanna Carpenter explains how to deal with that little voice in your head calling you a fraud. Read on to see why imposter syndrome does not serve you!