Category Archives: Perspective

Immigrant Parents Rely on Their Children to Navigate the U.S. Socioeconomic System

by Rebekah Fonden

The Nguyen family represents all of us and our families who have migrated from another country and tried to adapt to the harsh realities of American culture, institutionalization, and the privatization of family happiness.  For immigrant mothers and fathers, the burden of taking on a new life does not fall solely on them but is passed to their children as well, putting the children into the parental role. Immigrant children become the conduit for communication between the outside society and the privatized economy of the home, and they feel the strain of this responsibility almost every day. Continue reading Immigrant Parents Rely on Their Children to Navigate the U.S. Socioeconomic System

Progressive Values Should be Inclusive and So Should Our Next Mayor

by Julie Pham

Most southenders did not vote for Cary Moon or Jenny Durkan in the primaries. You will play a big role in deciding Seattle’s next mayor. Each candidate would love to earn your vote.

I know a lot about candidates trying to get votes and endorsements. My parents started Northwest Vietnamese News in the Rainier Valley in 1986 and it’s been operating here ever since. During the dark years of the most recent recession, I managed the newspaper and brought together different ethnic media outlets in a coalition called Sea Beez. Continue reading Progressive Values Should be Inclusive and So Should Our Next Mayor

Rallying to Protect Public Education


October 18th – 26th is the Emerald’s Rainmaker Membership Drive! In order to continue producing the Emerald, we need 500 new donors at an average donation of $12/month. Will you join us? 

Interview by Erin Okuno 

Last Friday, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos spoke at a gala dinner in Bellevue for the Washington Policy Center, a free-market think tank based in Washington. As the fundraiser was underway, about 1,500 people protested in an action organized by the Equity in Education Coalition and partners. Continue reading Rallying to Protect Public Education

Passing The Baton to Communities That Need It Most

by Johnny Fikru

At the end of September, environmental justice organization Got Green hosted a private event at the Southside Commons filled with an unlikely bunch. The audience consisted of business leaders, nonprofits, government agencies and young leaders in the community.

The reason for the gathering:  A chance to use the mechanism of entry level, green living wage jobs to create more leaders of color in the environmental movement and to address wealth redistribution Continue reading Passing The Baton to Communities That Need It Most

Indigenous Peoples Day, Everyday

words by Nikkita Oliver

photos by Sharon H Chang

Each year more and more cities are celebrating Indigenous Peoples Day instead of Columbus Day and rightly so.

Columbus did not discover the Americas as many sovereign Native nations were already living here on Turtle Island (also known as the United States). His arrival was followed by diseases, which decimated Native communities, and left a painful history of colonialism and genocide. We should question why we would ever celebrate someone who left such devastation as his legacy! Continue reading Indigenous Peoples Day, Everyday

Local Socialist Feminist Group Still Kicking at 50

by Gina Petry

This year marks the golden anniversary of Radical Women, a grassroots socialist feminist organization based in Columbia City. The organization was founded on the revolutionary idea that the leadership of working-class women, especially women of color, is essential to social change. This idea is still fundamental to what Radical Women believes and does today. Continue reading Local Socialist Feminist Group Still Kicking at 50

Reclaiming the Narrative for Tommy Le

by Joe Nguyen

Immediately following the fatal shooting of hopeful high school graduate Tommy Le in June, the King County Sheriff’s Office issued a press release headlined, Deputy Shoots Man Claiming to be the “Creator.” Tommy Le, described the release, “was shot by one Deputy as he advanced on them.” This initial coverage lead us to believe that deputies were forced to shoot an imposing, knife-wielding maniac as he charged them. The release painted a clear picture of mental illness and Tommy Le as a dangerous threat. Continue reading Reclaiming the Narrative for Tommy Le