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

What Do You Think of Supreme Court Ruling on Affirmative Action?

Is the future of affirmative action programs in jeopardy? On Tuesday, the Supreme Court upheld a Michigan law that bans race as a factor in college admissions. ...more

Easy Everyday Makeup for Moms

I have a love/don’t care relationship with makeup. On the one hand, I think it’s a lot of fun to play around with all the colors and brushes; it’s more creative expression than “covering up”. On the other hand, I have no problems taking my kids to school (and picking them up…) with a bare face, ponytail and yoga pants ....more

Let’s Talk About White Privilege

White privilege. It's a touchy subject. The term is often bantered about among racial equity discussions, but among the people who could be described as having it? Not so much. Recently, there have been quite a few posts from bloggers—white bloggers, to be specific—about this topic. BuzzFeed even published a quiz How Privileged Are You? in which people can test just how they measure up. ...more
Lisa Owen  My family is jewish, but my brother looks Arab. He is always randomly screened too.more

I Was Once a 90-Pound College Student, Too

Is 90 pounds an unhealthy weight for a college student? Yale University seemed to think so, when medical staff put third-year student Frances Chan on watch, telling her to gain weight or risk being suspended. ...more
Lovely piece that all women can relate to. Thanks!more

Mango Coconut Chia Pudding

This month’s Let’s Lunch theme is Three Ingredient Recipes. Read on to see what I’ve cooked up… Ch-ch-ch Chia Pet! If you were a latchkey kid in the 1980s, that jingle is seared into your mind, like commercials for K-Tel oldies ....more

INTERVIEW: Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers on Women, Work, and Politics

Ten-year Congressional veteran Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, who represents eastern Washington State, is the highest-ranking Republican woman in the House of Representatives . Last January, Rodgers delivered the rebuttal to President Obama's State of the Union address. Recently, I had a chance to interview her. Among other things, we talked about what it's like to be a working mother on Capitol Hill and about her outlook for women in the GOP. ...more
I'd love to know how a woman can be so happy to be part of a party that actively opposes equal ...more

Our Kids Need to See Real Native Americans, Not Mascots

Image Credit: Keith Allison, Flickr We don’t live in Washington D.C. or Cleveland, and we’re not hardcore professional sports fan. So it would be easy for our family to dodge the discussion about the Washington Redskins, or even Chief Wahoo and the Cleveland Indians. But when you really look around, terribly inaccurate representations of Native Americans are all around us — we’ve just gotten used to seeing them, whether they be in a Kindergarten Thanksgiving skit, a California Mission project, or a beloved children’s movie ....more

Equal Pay Day: Will President Obama's Executive Orders Close the Wage Gap?

I raise my three-quarters full glass for Equal Pay Day! April 8 is how far into the year women must work to earn what their male counterparts earned in the previous year. But how do you know if you are one of those women being paid less than a man doing the same job? ...more
What a joke. Females on Obama's own staff are paid less than males.more

Jason Chu Millennial Tour

I know. I’m not a Millenial and you’re probably not, either. But somehow, I ended up at a Taiwanese church over the weekend to see Jason Chu, an Asian Christian rapper and spoken word poet ....more

Boxers & Saints by Gene Luen Yang

I finally got around to reading Gene Luen Yang’s Boxers & Saints, the two-volume graphic novel set during the Boxer Rebellion in China. Or rather, I just finished the Saints portion, the shorter book about a Chinese girl who converts to Christianity....more