Category Archives: Community

Rainier Beach Action Coalition Throws 20th Annual Back2School Bash

by Lauryn Bray


Under bright skies and flowing music, food stands, and an emcee introducing a steady flow of performances, nearly 2,000 people filled the plaza and grounds of the Rainier Beach Community Center at Rainier and Henderson on Saturday.

After 20 years, the family-friendly Back2School Bash, where backpacks and school supplies are distributed, has grown to become a ritual for the Rainier Beach community, like a harvest festival in the city that signifies abundance, creativity, and a fresh start to a brand-new school year.

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Consul General of Japan Hisao Inagaki Spreads Joy and Culture With Paper Cranes

by Amanda Ong

The Seattle Globalist was a daily online publication that covered the connections between local and global issues in Seattle. The Emerald is keeping alive its legacy of highlighting our city’s diverse voices by regularly publishing and re-publishing stories aligned with the Globalist’s mission. 


It’s not often a consul general of Japan is also a social media phenomenon, but Consul General of Japan in Seattle Hisao Inagaki has received quite a bit of attention for his personal Instagram account featuring paper cranes. Since moving to Seattle in 2020, he has folded one origami paper crane, or “orizuru,” every day to pray for everyone’s health and peace during the pandemic, and he posts a video of the cranes every day on Instagram.

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J. Kenji López-Alt’s Favorite South End Restaurants

by Amanda Ong


I meet J. Kenji López-Alt at Cafe Ibex, an Ethiopian spot near the intersection of Rainier Avenue and MLK Way. We share a vegetarian combo platter, which López-Alt calls “generous and delicious” in his Instagram post a few hours later.

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Community Fridge Tackles Local Food Insecurity

by Ronnie Estoque


For nearly 18 years, South Seattle resident Juli Cummings has dedicated her time as a volunteer at food banks across Seattle. She’s lived in the Columbia City neighborhood for two decades, and in the past year, she has organized a mutual aid community fridge outside her home for neighbors who are experiencing food insecurity. 

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Cozy Up to Hillman City’s Mimi Bar

by Jas Keimig


Near the corner of South Orcas Street and Rainier Avenue, a pink storefront stands out among all the brick along the block. Inside, the walls are painted a deep magenta with a large wooden bar and leafy green plants sprinkled around the space. Vintage games and tchotchkes are scattered on top of the bar and stuffed onto shelves next to beer bottles as a funky chandelier casts a warm light from the ceiling. The vibe? Cozy AF.

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How One Seattle Clinic Is Addressing the Importance of HIV Care Within the AAPI Community

by Sarah Goh


Last year, Seattle’s International Community Health Services (ICHS) was awarded a nearly $1 million grant to expand HIV prevention services for its patients. 

The three-year grant is part of the Ending the HIV Epidemic initiative that allows the clinic to increase both HIV screening and the capacity of providers who can offer HIV treatment and training.

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PHOTO ESSAY | Othello Park International Festival Celebrates Community

by Ronnie Estoque


Last Sunday afternoon, Aug. 13, local community members gathered for the Othello Park International Festival. The family-friendly event featured vendors, food, games, art, live music, dancing, and local organizations focused on community outreach.

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It’s Almost the Emerald’s Ninth Birthday!

Join us tomorrow at the Rainier Arts Center to celebrate nine years of amplifying authentic voices in the South End.

by Mark Van Streefkerk


We hope you’ll come out for the South Seattle Emerald’s Ninth Birthday Celebration this Saturday, Aug. 12, in front of the Rainier Arts Center from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. There will be live music, Q&As with the Emerald newsroom, and an introduction to our new managing editor, Rosette Royale. Many thanks to our birthday party sponsors: Trial & Error Productions, Rainier Avenue Radio, KVRU, Real Change, and Mizz Tish Productions.

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Blue Angels: ‘Adrenaline-Pumping’ for Some, Health Issues for Others

by Glen Milner


The Blue Angels’ F/A-18E/F Super Hornets are returning to Seattle for a second year in this weekend’s Seafair air show over Lake Washington. Air show promoters are touting the newer jets as “heart-stopping,” “adrenaline-pumping,” and “the ultimate thrill-seeker’s dream come true.”

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