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Melissa Hung is a writer and independent journalist. Her essays and reported stories have appeared in NPR, Vogue, Catapult, and Pacific Standard, among others. She is the recipient of a fellowship from VONA and an individual artist grant from the San Francisco Arts Commission. A former newspaper reporter, she is the founding editor in chief of Hyphen, an award-winning magazine about Asian American culture. Melissa also directed WritersCorps, a nationally-recognized arts education program, and started Slant, an annual film festival. On occasion, she makes short films herself. A native of Houston, she lives in San Francisco where she enjoys recycling and composting, but misses Tex-Mex and cafeterias.

Likes: cheese, chilaquiles, bargains, faux fur

Dislikes: water getting stuck in your ear after swimming


Southern Fried Asian: Melissa Hung — The Nerds of Color (2017)

Angry Reader of the Week — Angry Asian Man (2012)

Hot 20 Under 40 Nominee Melissa Hung Awarded by Michelle Obama — 7×7 (2010)

Believe the Hyph — SFGate (2007)


Resistance Rooster | Benefiting the National Immigration Law Center (backstory here)

Nomnomnom Haiku | Food reviews + haiku = nomnomnom haiku

Hyphen | Asian American culture, with substance and sass

Slant: Bold Asian American Images | Asian American film, deep in the heart of Texas (2001-2015)


melissa@melissahung [dot] xyz


Instagram: @melissahungtx

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