I took someone’s AirPods.

It was about a month ago. I went with my lady and a couple of folks to celebrate a birthday (not mine) at a restaurant. As I exited the car I looked down and saw the AirPods in the case on the floor of the parking lot. I picked them up. My first thought was that someone had dropped them while exiting their car parked next to us. I noticed the car was a rental.

I announced to the group that I’d found them and that I was planning to turn them into the restaurant to…

This is what I hope my newsletter to be

First, welcome and thanks.

As for this thing? Well, I’ve had some thoughts. But they kept changing. I kept waiting for the perfect idea. What will this be about? What will my first post be about? I’d kind of forgotten that I had this. I would get an occasional subscriber and I’d be like, how’d that happen?

John, Phillip Annand’s father, of all people, signed up for a paid subscription. I told my lady. She was like, well now you have to start it.

So here we go.

Thanks John.


Born to a Japanese mother and a Black American father, the R&B songstress embodies the generation of mixed-raced Americans who embrace and celebrate their dual cultural heritage.

She’s been a professional singer for more than 10 years. But Joyce Wrice has been singing all her life. Her fans first discovered her singing covers on YouTube and since then she’s with worked and performed with some of the most respected names in music including Westside Gunn, Free Nationals, Aminé, and more. She has released two EPs and toured and performed in the U.S., Japan, Australia, UK, and other European countries. Joyce was born and raised in San Diego and currently lives in Los Angeles where she continues to record music.

HYUN KIM: It feels as if biracial people…

The Vietnamese-American-owner, importer, supplier and roaster of coffee beans from Vietnam, Sahra is on a mission to make sure that Vietnamese coffee culture gets the respect it deserves.

Before Sahra Nguyen got into the coffee business she found success as a poet, activist, restaurateur and an award winning documentarian. The UCLA graduate has worked with and has been featured in NBC News, Wall Street Journal, Vice, Forbes, Verizon, NYU and TedX as well as been a member of Google Next Gen Leaders Program. A daughter of Vietnamese refugees, she was born and raised in Boston and has called Brooklyn home for her adult life. Interview by Hyun Kim. Photos by Erics Kun

TRENDVUE: Do you consider Nguyen Coffee Supply an Asian American brand or Vietnamese American brand?


Experiencing America’s reaction to the recent killings of Black lives at the hands of racist police via my social media feed while living in another country has left me in a fog of emotions.

Photo by Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

Both my thumbs are numb. From all the “doom scrolling” on my phone. My eyelids are heavy. They close. My mind opens them back up. Maybe it’s my conscious. I can’t turn away.

I am excited. I am afraid. I am proud. I am ashamed. I am confused. I am hopeful. I am overwhelmed. I slip in and out of each emotion throughout the day and night. Sometimes I feel all of them at the same time.

I see friends and family who have never posted about any social justice post about racism, white supremacy, privilege, police brutality and Black…

I’d seen the reports of Asians getting attacked as a result of the pandemic. I had to go outside for the first time since Spain went on full lockdown quarantine. It was a mix of emotions.

I was here a little less than a full week before the shutdown

It’s day 34. Or maybe it’s day 33. 32 maybe? I don’t know. There was a State of Alarm from the government. Then a full lockdown. It was either March 14th or the 15th. I do remember that Thursday, March 13th was the last time I went to my Spanish class and it was the last time I was fully, freely out in the streets. It was also the last time I had an espresso. And it wasn’t even that good. Man,I really miss espressos.

It happened fast. The Sunday before the full lockdown I went to a big public…

My bedroom in Collegetown, Ithaca, NY circa 1993–1994

More Asian American stories are being told today than ever before. And that’s great. But it feels like the stories that get the most attention are those that seem to contradict the “model minority” stereotype. And along the way that narrative, rebelling against the model minority stereotype, is becoming a stereotype in itself.

I was born in Korea. Moved to The U.S. when I was 7. In Korea I got in trouble for running my mouth. I got punished in school. I wasn’t a bad kid. I was just rambunctious. I don’t remember being an excellent student but I don’t…

With a new album and the romantic lead in the upcoming Anne Rice-adapted flick Queen of the Damned, Aaliyah is ready for superstardom. But don’t think you can get too close to her. Hyun Kim tried and found out that some things are best left alone.

Illustration by Alvaro

Aaliyah lives the perfect life. To hear her tell it, she wouldn’t change a thing. “This is what I always wanted,” she says of her career. “I breathe to perform, to entertain, I can’t imagine myself doing anything else. I’m just a really happy girl right now. I honestly love every aspect of this…

One of the country’s most iconic record labels was modeled off of the main moneymakers in its hometown of Detroit, Michigan: the auto industry. “I wanted to have a kid off the street walk in one door unknown… and come out another door a star, like an assembly line,” label founder Berry Gordy told the Telegraph in 2016. “That was my dream.”

That germ of an idea would go on to sprout into one of the most important music labels of all time, the future Hitsville, U.S.A. Gordy called it Motown — a combined and shortened version of Detroit’s nickname…

For more than 15 years Bobby Kim, who goes by Bobby Hundreds, expressed himself through his iconic streetwear brand, The Hundreds. Now with the release of his book, “This Is Not a T-Shirt: A Brand, a Culture, a Community — a Life in Streetwear,” he tells the world about his personal and brand journeys. Here, in his own words, Hundreds talks candidly about what he hopes to achieve with his first book, his painful childhood memories, the importance of a private life and the lack of love he’s received from the Asian American community.

I’ve never talked to anyone about…

Hyun Kim 김현

Writer/Editor: Vibe, MTV, Tidal. Marketing/Advertising: Nike, Samsung, The Madbury Club. Former #1 Google image search for bald Asian. Seoul->Ithaca->NYC->VLC

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