Safety Not Stigma: A Pandemic Portrait Campaign to Fight Racism

by Sharon H. Chang COVID-19 Safety Not Stigma is a portrait campaign by South Seattle photographer Sharon H. Chang to combat increased racism against people of color during the coronavirus pandemic; raise awareness about the disproportionate impacts of the coronavirus on communities of color; and prioritize safety instead of stigma by the public. Portraits show … Continue reading Safety Not Stigma: A Pandemic Portrait Campaign to Fight Racism

South End Stories Helps Youth of Color Build Storytelling Skills

by Vivian Hua 華婷婷 Two years ago, amid shifting trends towards standardized, “one-size-fits-all” approaches to testing and curriculum development, parents, students, and staff at Orca K-8 School brainstormed and launched a program called South End Stories. A dynamic and multi-faceted experience, South End Stories (SES) works within Seattle Public Schools to create safe spaces for … Continue reading South End Stories Helps Youth of Color Build Storytelling Skills

How a Facebook Group Supporting Seattle’s Chinatown Became a COVID-19 Community Movement

by Sharon H. Chang It was back in February — what now seems a lifetime ago — when Bill Tashima first heard people were avoiding Seattle’s Chinatown-International District (ID) because of the coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan, China. It was still winter, COVID-19 was not yet a pandemic, and only one known U.S. case existed in … Continue reading How a Facebook Group Supporting Seattle’s Chinatown Became a COVID-19 Community Movement

Mother’s Day #SolidarityFlowers Support Hmong Farmers and People Excluded From Coronavirus Relief

by Sharon H. Chang It’s early morning when vans from eight different Hmong farms pull up to unload spring bouquets across King, Snohomish and Pierce counties. Bins and boxes, filled with vibrant flowers wrapped in white paper, are placed on the ground or on tables. Gold and red tulips, cream and maroon peonies, blue violet … Continue reading Mother’s Day #SolidarityFlowers Support Hmong Farmers and People Excluded From Coronavirus Relief

“The Heart of the Dragon” Tells the Story of Taky Kimura, Bruce Lee’s Best Friend and Senior-Most Instructor

by Sharon H. Chang Editor’s Note: We want to acknowledge that there remains disagreement in the martial arts community over who is properly credited as Bruce Lee’s senior-most student. In light of that fact, we’ve chosen to refer to Taky Kimura as Bruce Lee’s senior-most instructor. Taky Kimura, Bruce Lee’s best friend and senior-most instructor, … Continue reading “The Heart of the Dragon” Tells the Story of Taky Kimura, Bruce Lee’s Best Friend and Senior-Most Instructor

#StaySafeSouthEnd: This Is How We Do It

The Emerald wants to know how you’re keeping yourselves — and each other — safe these days. We hope you’ll share your stories with us! #StaySafeSouthEnd by Emerald Staff For some time, we at the Emerald have been discussing what staying safe during this viral pandemic looks like as we serve our community. Naturally, it … Continue reading #StaySafeSouthEnd: This Is How We Do It

Farming for Change: Black Womxn Farmers Fight the Pandemic With a Food Revolution

In this special Emerald series supported by NW Journalists of Color and the Facebook Journalism Project, photographer and writer Sharon H. Chang introduces the womxn and nonbinary farmers of color at the heart of Washington’s agrarian revival movement who are moving the needle towards not only a future livable planet, but a socially just one.  … Continue reading Farming for Change: Black Womxn Farmers Fight the Pandemic With a Food Revolution

We’ll Never Flatten the Curve If People Are Behind Bars

by Sharon H. Chang At precisely noon last Thursday, under quiet blue skies, a line of cars pulled up to the Washington Corrections Center for Women in Purdy and jolted the day awake. “Free them all! Free them all!” yelled protestors, honking their horns while maintaining a safe distance from each other. Bewildered guards stood … Continue reading We’ll Never Flatten the Curve If People Are Behind Bars

Street Artist Uplifts Columbia City with Feminist Installation, ‘That’s What She Said 206’

by Sharon H. Chang Columbia City is pretty empty these days. Businesses have been closed for weeks and residents are largely staying home except for some outdoor exercise and quick trips for essentials. Walking through the normally busy district, the dark shop windows and lonely grey sidewalks can feel a little eerie. That is until … Continue reading Street Artist Uplifts Columbia City with Feminist Installation, ‘That’s What She Said 206’

Seattle Kitchen Collective Provides Free Meals to Whoever Needs Them

by Mark Van Streefkerk Governor Inslee’s March 16 mandate to close all restaurants, bars, cafes, and gyms as a way to slow the spread of COVID-19 has all but wiped out an entire industry. Even Seattle’s most prestigious eateries, including Tom Douglas’s restaurants and Renee Erickson’s Sea Creatures establishments, face uncertain futures. In Seattle’s South … Continue reading Seattle Kitchen Collective Provides Free Meals to Whoever Needs Them