Editor's Note

Dear readers,

For me, the Christmas holidays mean one thing—going home to spend time and celebrate with the people I love best. I should probably be thankful all year round, but it’s really November and after when I start to remember how lucky I am to be constantly surrounded by people I love and care about.

We’ve dedicated this issue to relationships in general, whether with pop culture, food, boyfriends or the people who have been there since day one—family. I sincerely hope these personal articles, written from the heart, spark memories and connections within you as well.

I couldn’t be prouder of the Mochi staff this year—we’ve really done our research, and led by deputy editor Christine Wei and health editor Tiffany Ayuda, put out what I believe is the most comprehensive guide to safe sex for Asian American teens.

We’re aiming not only to educate you on birth control and STIs, but also to dispel those myths we’ve all heard since we were teens. For the last time, we promise, not everyone is having sex. Perhaps most importantly, we take a look at why this is such a hot (but never-discussed) topic among Asian Americans. Like Tiffany says, did your parents give you the birds-and-bees talk? Mine (and hers) sure didn’t.

Speaking of things I’m proud of, take a look at how far this issue’s Mochi stars have come. The cool guys of Far East Movement—who started with humble roots in downtown LA—have become the first Asian Americans ever to become number one on Billboard and iTunes. There’s also Taiwanese pop star Jay Chou, making his stateside big screen debut. Mochi alums Teresa and Serena Wu, founders of the My Mom is a Fob blog, publish their book based on the much-loved blog in early 2011. I hope you enjoy reading this issue as much as I did, and if you find something you like, send it to someone you love—after all, ‘tis the season for sharing.

Happy holidays,