Grace Hwang Lynch

I'm the News and Politics Editor here at BlogHer. You can also find me writing about raising an Asian mixed-race family at my own blog, HapaMama.

Send me your news tips and ideas at grace(dot)hwanglynch(at)blogher(dot)com. Follow @BlogHerNews and @HapaMamaGrace on Twitter!

My love of writing and reporting began in my days as a broadcast journalist. Since then, my work has also been published on Salon, PBS Parents, and Mom.me. My essays have been published in the anthologies Lavanderia: A Mixed Load of Women, Wash and Word and Mamas and Papas: On the Sublime and Heartbreaking Art of Parenting (City Works Press). In 2012, I was nominated for the Women's Media Center Social Media Award.

My Blogs

Sudan Releases Meriam Ibrahim, Then Re-Arrests Her

[Editor's Note 6/24/2014 11:00 a.m. PST: Meriam Ibrahim was re-arrested just 24 hours after her release as she attempted to board a plane for the U.S. --Grace] ...more
April Byrd Just heard about that. Thanks for the heads-up. We'll be following her story!more

More "If Asians Said Stuff White People Say"

Because this "If Asians Said the Things White People Say" video is the story of my life, and I can't let it pass without comment because it's so awesome.  And I need to add some other things Asians could say to white people. This video was produced by BuzzFeed and has gone viral. Before we begin: ...more
The bowing thing drives me crazy. I've had regular adults (not in yoga class or at a temple) do ...more

Looking for Multiracial TV Characters I Can Show My Biracial Kids

Recent media on media coverage of the upcoming Fall Television Season (does TV even still have seasons? Doesn't it feel like new shows are just constantly premiering?) has focused heavily on television becoming a lot less "whitewashed," mostly due to the multiple productions of Shonda Rhimes (Grey's Anatomy) and a few others, including upcoming pilots with Hispanic and Asian leads. ...more
It's hard enough to find non-white characters on prime time, much less interracial families. The ...more

My Biracial Son Said, 'I Don't Like Black People'

I've started taking my boys to our new black church. Due to significant transitions in work and other factors, I'd lost consistent, ongoing healthy interactions with A LOT of the black folks in my life. After some time, this reality hit me hard. I started asking myself all the questions: NUMBER ONE: Where are my black people, for crying out loud? Why don’t I have more black friends whom I see on a regular basis? Why aren’t I reading more black authors? ...more
Thank you for writing so honestly about your own feelings and experiences and those of your ...more

An Open Letter to American Girl: Why Are You Retiring Girls of Color?

As many of you may know, my girls and I are huge fans of American Girl dolls. Thing 1 and Thing 2 have several dolls in their collection, as well as books, clothing, furniture, and all kinds of fun accessories. Last week American Girl announced that it will be retiring four of its Historical Dolls: Marie-Grace, Cecile, Ruthie and Ivy. With this announcement I am forced to focus on what has become for me a troubling marketing practice of this doll company" their lack of diversity in their product offerings. ...more
TerriLynnMerritts  Yes, there's a lot of colorism among Asians (especially overseas), but I ...more

We Need a Village to Raise Mixed Race Children

 My husband and I can’t raise our biracial kids alone.We need your help. As a society we need to work together to raise confident, happy kids. It’s cliche but our children are the future of this planet....more
Thanks for sharing your perspective. It's sometimes a lonely space to be raising mixed-race ...more

What Did Your First Blog Design Look Like? How Has it Changed Over the Years?

Attend any blogging conference or read any "how to" on blogging, and you will be told that blog design is important. What is (and is not) important has changed over the years, of course. Do this, don't do that. Include this, don't include that, but include it again tomorrow. It's hard to keep up. My blog design has changed so many times over my 13 years of blogging, it's kind of funny to look back at it. ...more
Thanks for sharing the Wayback Machine. I didn't save my earliest blog iterations, so I'll have ...more

Mom, Nobody Does It Better

Lovely memories, Anita. Our mothers all have so many quirks and as we grow older we realize ...more

Michelle Obama Posts #BringBackOurGirls Selfie. Will It Really Help?

Here's the latest twist in hashtag activism: Wednesday afternoon, First Lady Michelle Obama posted a selfie holding a sign reading #BringBackOurGirls. It's not exactly a "selfie", as the professional photo shows the First Lady in the White House, looking both dignified and concerned. ...more
Laurend1985 Thanks for sharing that history. The politics are complicated at many levels, even ...more

Michelle Obama Posts #BringBackOurGirls Selfie. Will It Really Help?

Here's the latest twist in hashtag activism: Wednesday afternoon, First Lady Michelle Obama posted a selfie holding a sign reading #BringBackOurGirls. It's not exactly a "selfie", as the professional photo shows the First Lady in the White House, looking both dignified and concerned. ...more
Genie Gratto  I forgot that you had lived in Nigeria! I bet you have many more insights into ...more