by Sharon H. Chang It has been said that life depends on science, but the arts make it worth living. So what role do artists play during a pandemic? A really big one. There is ample research showing the many benefits of the arts: improved mood, increased cognitive function, even boosted immunity. From streaming performances … Continue reading Seattle Artists Offer Hope and Inspiration During COVID-19, Even as They Struggle Themselves
by Dae Shik Kim and Guy Oron What justified the sweep that happened to Alex, a Black man facing homelessness who documented two police officers and one city worker destroying his belongings under I-5 and I-90 bridge near Airport Way on Thursday, March 12?
by Melia LaCour The call for liberation fuels the actions of many. For those of us who march to the beat of justice, this call pushes us to stand up and take action, even when the resistance bears so greatly on our souls. It forces us to work for the light at the end of … Continue reading Seattle Asians for Black Lives Engaging in Racial Healing Work
by Sharon H Chang When Seattle’s new $242 million youth jail opened Tuesday, the third week of Black History Month, there were already Black and Brown children locked inside. King Country authorities had transferred incarcerated youth from the old facility next door six days earlier. And though Tuesday was a beautiful winter day, the youth … Continue reading Protestors Won’t Stop Fighting King County’s New Multi-Million Dollar Youth Jail
by Emerald Staff Wed., Jan. 22: Indigenous Reparation and Recognition in Seattle “Seattle is one of the wealthiest and fastest-growing cities in the nation, but that growth has come often at the expense of the Indigenous people who first lived here. In a forthcoming piece in Bitterroot and the South Seattle Emerald, writer Marcus Harrison … Continue reading THIS WEEK IN SOUTH SEATTLE — Laugh Rehab, Lunar New Year at Wing Luke, CD Community Conversation, and More!
by Sharon H. Chang The crowd was so huge at the premiere of Fujitaro Kubota and His Garden at Ark Lodge Cinemas last week that a second screening was added and some eager theatergoers were turned away. The turnout of 150 viewers was overwhelming, said Joy Okazaki, Board President of the Kubota Garden Foundation which produced the film, … Continue reading Premiere of Kubota Garden Documentary Draws Huge Crowd, Prompts Second Showing
by Sharon H. Chang Girls and women, Indigenous people and land practices, and small organic farms are among the top solutions to ending climate change. Yet women and gender diverse people have almost no voice on big agribusiness boards while people of color are often rendered entirely voiceless as America’s sustainable food movement, dominated by white … Continue reading Farming For Change: Native Women’s Legacy of Sustainability
(This article was originally published on The Seattle Globalist and has been reprinted with permission) photos by Sharon H. Chang Hundreds of people turned out in Seattle last week for the annual May Day March for Immigrants and Workers.
by Will Sweger On the night of June 13, 2017, in the tight suburban sprawl of Burien, a series of events played out that ended with police shooting Tommy Le in the back. Le, 20 years old at the time, was set to graduate with a high school diploma from South Seattle Community College.
by Sharon H Chang “How many of you have experienced racism, bullying, or teasing? Raise your hand.” The actors ask the audience to close our eyes so answers will be confidential, but I feel my son lift his hand beside me. My heart is pained, suddenly awash in blues, purples, and greys. Later I ask … Continue reading The Indispensable History and Counter-narrative The Journal of Ben Uchida: Citizen 13559 Taught My Son