In honor of Veterans’ Day, we wanted to bring back this story from 2016. Though at least one person referenced in this piece is no longer alive (Anthony Bourdain), it nevertheless continues to be relevant for Vietnamese veterans and their descendants.
by Jeff Nguyen
Every year a huge celebration for Vietnamese veterans is held in Orange County, California. My grandfather, a veteran of the Vietnam War and proud member of the Vietnamese community, watches it religiously, staring intensely at the TV set. The pride on his face is evident as the color guard marches on stage carrying a bright yellow flag emblazoned with three red stripes.
He changes the channel to watch news about Vietnam’s state of affairs. Today it’s a mix between President Barack Obama’s recent visit to eat Pho with Anthony Bourdain and the arrests of more native journalists and bloggers, their faces forming a mosaic as the network illustrates the scale of the crackdown.
In a sense, he is still home and war hasn’t ended. Continue reading FROM THE ARCHIVES: Vietnamese veterans continue to feel war’s lasting impact
by Marcus Harrison Green
“We shall not cease from exploration and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.” T.S. Eliot
No journey is as edifying as the one returning you to where you belong.
In my absence from the Emerald, I’ve explored and uncovered much about myself, this community, our larger society, and the inexorable power of words to craft and mold the realities we embrace about ourselves and one another. Continue reading Marcus Harrison Green: “I’m Back Home”
By Susan Fried
Stepping onto the field at a Northwest Premier Junior Football and Cheer League game, one might think the whooping, cheering crowd is watching a National Football League championship. But they’re not. They’re cheering on tiny children, bobble-headed in football helmets.
Continue reading PHOTOS: Youth football league brings community, families to the field
by Emerald Staff
Wed., Nov. 6:
“Concerned about the health of our planet? Wondering how to connect with other climate activists? Please join us at the next SSCAN Action Meeting to find out about action to take on proposed policies to pay for climate justice. ”
Time: 6–8 p.m.
Where: Columbia City Library — 4721 Rainier Ave S.
Continue reading THIS WEEK IN SOUTH SEATTLE — Paint & Sip, The New Filipina, Stories & Love Songs from South Vietnamese Veteran Perspectives, and More!
By Carolyn Bick
Though she didn’t celebrate Bunka no Hi herself, when she lived in Japan, Arisa Nakamura now celebrates the modern holiday alongside the community and her fellow Japanese Cultural and Community Center staff and volunteers.
This year marked the organization’s 14th annual celebration of Bunka no Hi, which Nakamura said was originally a celebration of the Emperor Meiji’s birthday, changing in 1948 to commemorate the post-WWII Japanese constitution. While it’s still a national holiday in Japan, it’s now about celebrating and sharing Japanese culture and art, she said.
Continue reading PHOTOS: Attendees share in Japanese culture during Bunka no Hi
by Jessie McKenna
This article first appeared as the first part of a series of blog posts for Rainier Ave Business Coalition (RainierABC). The Emerald will be running these posts every Sunday. We hope you’ll tune in!
Hillman City’s Karl Hackett, of Jacob Willard Home, started his mid-century collectibles business out of his home in Seward Park in 2011 after leaving the mortgage business. He caught the collecting bug early, while still a boy, but it wasn’t always vintage mid-century furniture and the like that struck his fancy. In fact, he grew up in a mid-century modern style home and was inspired by his father’s taste in home decor, but Karl says he didn’t appreciate the unique look and feel of the style at the time, it was just what home looked like.
Continue reading Jacob Willard Home—A Mom and Pop Shop Serving Up Vintage Home Furnishings and Aural Nostalgia
By Carolyn Bick
Ignoring the chilly evening air nipping about them, hundreds of laughing people thronged through Roberto Maestas Plaza at El Centro de la Raza in Seattle, Washington, for the organization’s 15th annual Día de Muertos celebration on Nov. 1. Some wore extravagant, traditional Mexican outfits trimmed with lace, faces painted and decorated to look like bejeweled skulls. Others tucked up in puffy jackets eagerly waited in line for pan de muerto, or Mexican bread of the dead, and a steaming cup of hot chocolate.
Continue reading PHOTOS: El Centro de la Raza holds 15th annual Día de Muertos celebration