PHOTO ESSAY: Hundreds Gather to Protest Recent Rise in Anti-Asian Violence

by Maile Anderson Hundreds showed up for a community organized rally and march “We Are Not Silent” in Hing Hay Park this weekend, on Saturday, March 13. Protestors gathered to condemn the recent spike in anti-Asian violence nationwide, including the assault of Noriko Nasu, a Japanese language high school teacher, last month in Seattle’s Chinatown-International … Continue reading PHOTO ESSAY: Hundreds Gather to Protest Recent Rise in Anti-Asian Violence

Local Leaders Respond to Anti-Asian Violence, Rallies Planned this Weekend

by Elizabeth Turnbull In response to a disturbing recent rise in hate crimes against Asians and Asian Americans locally and across the U.S., Washington Gov. Jay Inslee and other local leaders this week condemned attacks in Seattle and Washington State. A series of marches and rallies are planned across King County this weekend calling for … Continue reading Local Leaders Respond to Anti-Asian Violence, Rallies Planned this Weekend

Consciousness-Raising: Learning How to Respond to Anti-Asian Racism

by Shane Baguyo In late February, I was at the Honolulu International Airport, flying back to Seattle. I immediately noticed crowds of people wearing blue face masks, and caught an eerie feeling.  That’s when I learned about the coronavirus, a highly contagious virus first seen in Wuhan, China. It was killing thousands of people there … Continue reading Consciousness-Raising: Learning How to Respond to Anti-Asian Racism

Kristin Leong’s #AZNxBLM Project Draws Together Black and Asian American Artists

by Roxanne Ray (This article was originally published by International Examiner and has been reprinted with permission.) By now, most people have heard — or at least heard of — TED Talks. More recently, this Technology, Entertainment and Design (TED) nonprofit foundation launched The Mystery Experiment, which granted $10,000 to 300 inspired participants, and in … Continue reading Kristin Leong’s #AZNxBLM Project Draws Together Black and Asian American Artists

Refugee Artisan Initiative’s Specialty Is Responding to Community Needs

by Kamna Shastri It was just a year ago when Refugee Artisan Initiative’s (RAI) six artisans rapidly switched their handmade jewelry and clothing operation to make boxes brimming with cloth masks. In April 2020, COVID-19 had shut down the United States and Washington State hospitals were strained. There was a shortage of personal protection equipment … Continue reading Refugee Artisan Initiative’s Specialty Is Responding to Community Needs

Social Justice Journalism From Mercer Middle School Students

by Mercer Middle School (This article was previously published by International Examiner and has been reprinted with permission) It is a pleasure to present essays from Mercer Middle School. These students took a journalism class and want to learn more about social justice causes and ways they can make a difference, which comes through in … Continue reading Social Justice Journalism From Mercer Middle School Students

‘Our Stories Are Your Stories’ Video Collection Celebrates AAPI Heritage

by Mark Van Streefkerk A video storytelling campaign was launched at the beginning of this month to celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) heritage. “Our Stories Are Your Stories” (OSAYS) is a growing video collection of short oral histories from AAPI people of all walks of life in the greater Seattle area. Coinciding with … Continue reading ‘Our Stories Are Your Stories’ Video Collection Celebrates AAPI Heritage

OPINION: I Have Always Been Proud of My Mother

by Rayna Mathis (Tagalog translation by April Jingco) This is a speech I performed at Hing Hay Park for the #StopAsianHate rally organized by Seattle Rice Society on April 3, 2021. When asked to perform, I only had a few days to decide my direction, and once the anxiety settled, I realized that the only, … Continue reading OPINION: I Have Always Been Proud of My Mother

Virtual Event Sunday to Honor Donnie Chin’s Legacy as CID Advocate

by Ronnie Estoque The recent rise in violent attacks against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) nationally has galvanized community organizers, old and new, to take a stand for justice. History shows us that such hate-fueled violence is not new in any way, and activist legacies left by the likes of Seattle’s Chinatown-International District’s (CID) … Continue reading Virtual Event Sunday to Honor Donnie Chin’s Legacy as CID Advocate

Bob Shimabukuro: Side Street Renaissance Man (August 4, 1945-March 29, 2021)

by Sharon Maeda  “Daydreaming isn’t allowed in the fast lane. So Bob Shimabukuro has mostly lived life on side streets, taking a detour now and again to help other people along the way.” That’s how former Seattle Times columnist Jerry Large captured the essence of Bob in 1994. To that I would add: Renaissance Man. … Continue reading Bob Shimabukuro: Side Street Renaissance Man (August 4, 1945-March 29, 2021)