Perspective: Reclaiming My Other New Year

by Julie Pham (This article was originally published on Northwest Vietnamese News and has been reprinted under an agreement.) I get to celebrate two New Years annually. There is Jan. 1, the first day of the Gregorian calendar year. And then there’s Lunar New Year, which falls on the first day of a calendar that … Continue reading Perspective: Reclaiming My Other New Year

OPINION: Regardless of Our Vaccination Status, We’re All Scared

by Julie Pham, Ph.D. In King County, by now, nearly 85% of people aged 20–69 have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. I’m part of that majority. I’ve been fully vaccinated since March. Before I begin, I want to be clear: I am not arguing for or against vaccinations. I’m asking us … Continue reading OPINION: Regardless of Our Vaccination Status, We’re All Scared

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OPINION: “Lessons Learned” Hide the South Vietnamese Perspective

On this 45th anniversary of the twelve-year war waged in Vietnam, we’re presenting voices from those belonging to the community most impacted by the war, and who remain an integral part of our city — Vietnamese Americans. Locally, the Vietnamese community has created a thriving Little Saigon in what were once abandoned and dilapidated buildings … Continue reading OPINION: “Lessons Learned” Hide the South Vietnamese Perspective

BEYOND SMALL TALK — New Year’s Resolution: Conduct a Passiveness Audit

by Julie Pham Imagine you are on a bus in the middle of winter. Someone has his window open and all the people around him are shivering. Yet, no one says anything even though all are thinking, “This guy should close this window!” Instead of acting, everyone continues to sit in the cold, resentful and … Continue reading BEYOND SMALL TALK — New Year’s Resolution: Conduct a Passiveness Audit

Taste Global, Eat Local: Annual Plate of Nations Food Festival Ends This Weekend

by Nina Dubinsky Take your taste buds on a world tour without leaving the South End! The 11th annual Plate of Nations, the signature event of South Seattle’s MLK Business Association, is here to expand your palate with dishes from around the world when you visit the 15 participating local restaurants. The 16-day culinary event, … Continue reading Taste Global, Eat Local: Annual Plate of Nations Food Festival Ends This Weekend

Remembering Kim Pham, Publisher of Northwest Vietnamese News and My Father

by Julie Pham My father, Kim Pham, was on his feet for the last time two Thursdays ago. Thursday is when the newspaper is prepared for the printer so that it can hit the streets on Friday. He was at his computer, putting the finishing touches on the front page. He loved this job, something … Continue reading Remembering Kim Pham, Publisher of Northwest Vietnamese News and My Father

The Key to a Refugee Community’s Success

by Julie Pham (This article previously appeared on Người Việt Tây Bắc and has been reprinted under an agreement.) “Một cây làm chẳng nên non. Ba cây chụm lại thành hòn núi cao.” This Vietnamese proverb means that a single tree doesn’t matter much. Three trees together look like a mountain.  How does a refugee … Continue reading The Key to a Refugee Community’s Success