Tag Archives: Amanda Ong

Poet and Former Cage Fighter Jenny Liou Talks About Her Debut Book ‘Muscle Memory’

by Amanda Ong


As a poet and former cage fighter, Jenny Liou has a unique perspective on violence, both in the ring and out of it. On Wednesday, Dec. 7, from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., Seattle Public Library (SPL) will host a discussion between award-winning poet and writer Shin Yu Pai and Liou about her debut collection of poetry Muscle Memory. The collection brings together Liou’s time in the MMA cage with her Chinese American family’s history, as she reflects on violence in the cage and generationally.

Continue reading Poet and Former Cage Fighter Jenny Liou Talks About Her Debut Book ‘Muscle Memory’

A Holiday Market Guide for the South End

by Amanda Ong


Looking to shop locally and support South End and BIPOC makers this holiday season? The Emerald has you covered. You may have seen our guide to Native art markets this winter, but for even more options that support local, BIPOC, and South End small businesses, here are a handful of notable holiday markets perfect for gift shopping.

Continue reading A Holiday Market Guide for the South End

With Contentious Shelter Plans Canceled, CID Residents Organize Their Own Safety Solutions

by Amanda Ong


In September, King County announced plans to build a new shelter for the unhoused in SoDo, near the CID. The plan was highly controversial as there had been little to no outreach from the County to the CID about the proposal before the plan was announced. The County even seemed to avoid community input by scheduling public hearings during weekday work hours, preventing attendance from many working residents. 

Continue reading With Contentious Shelter Plans Canceled, CID Residents Organize Their Own Safety Solutions

A Guide to Native Art Markets This Winter

by Amanda Ong


This November is Native American Heritage Month, and while the Thanksgiving holiday is rooted in colonizer narratives, Native American Heritage Day (Nov. 25) celebrates diverse Native cultures. As we turn to gift-giving season, a wonderful way to support our Indigenous communities and honor Native American heritage is by buying from Native makers and artists. Read on for a list of Native art markets, both seasonal and ongoing, throughout the Seattle area. 

Continue reading A Guide to Native Art Markets This Winter

Kat Lieu’s Subtle Asian Baking Brings Asian Flavors to Your Favorite Sweets

by Amanda Ong


After 13 years as a physical therapist, Renton-based Kat Lieu never expected to become the face and founder of Subtle Asian Baking, a Facebook community dedicated to baking with Asian flavors that has over 150,000 members. Lieu had only started baking in 2017, but when she started the page in light of other popular Facebook pages Subtle Asian Traits and Subtle Asian Cooking, it skyrocketed into a massive community of Asian baking enthusiasts. 

Continue reading Kat Lieu’s Subtle Asian Baking Brings Asian Flavors to Your Favorite Sweets

‘There Should Be Native American Restaurants Everywhere’

Chef Sean Sherman Talks Indigenous Foods and Culinary Revitalization at SPL

by Amanda Ong


This Friday, Nov. 4, Chef Sean Sherman will speak at the Seattle Central Library and online about his work highlighting Indigenous food systems in a modern culinary context. Author of The Sioux Chef’s Indigenous Kitchen, Sherman is CEO and founder of The Sioux Chef and North American Traditional Indigenous Food Systems (NATIFS). Raised in Pine Ridge, South Dakota, Sherman is Oglala Lakota Sioux. The event will take place from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Continue reading ‘There Should Be Native American Restaurants Everywhere’

‘That Talk You Do’ Reflects on Tia Naché’s Adolescence in Rainier Valley

by Amanda Ong


From Nov. 4 to Nov 13, White Center’s Acts On Stage will present “That Talk You Do,” the debut one-woman show of Tia Naché Fields-Yarborough. “That Talk You Do” follows Fields-Yarborough through her own life and youth in Seattle as she explores faith, Blackness, and womanhood through song, spoken word, hip-hop, and ’90s R&B.

Continue reading ‘That Talk You Do’ Reflects on Tia Naché’s Adolescence in Rainier Valley

Arts in the South End: An October Roundup

by Amanda Ong

Last Updated on October 13, 2022, 12:53 pm.


Spooky season is upon us — almost time for the Emerald’s T’Challaween! — but there is far more to look forward to in October than just trick-or-treating. From fantastic plays to queer film festivals and Asian American comedy showcases, the Emerald has gathered the best of this month’s events for South Enders to enjoy.

Read on for a listing of arts events in South Seattle. Know of something that should be on our list? Let us know at Arts@SeattleEmerald.org

Continue reading Arts in the South End: An October Roundup

Poetry and Loss During the 1980s HIV and AIDS Crisis: Pamela Sneed Talks About Memoir ‘Funeral Diva’

by Amanda Ong


This Friday, Oct. 14, acclaimed poet Pamela Sneed will be in conversation with Shin Yu Pai at the Central Library’s Microsoft Auditorium to discuss Sneed’s memoir, Funeral Diva. The event is free and one of a series guest-curated by Pai, an award-winning writer, poet, and the producer and host of KUOW’s podcast The Blue Suit

Continue reading Poetry and Loss During the 1980s HIV and AIDS Crisis: Pamela Sneed Talks About Memoir ‘Funeral Diva’

How to Celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Day in the South End

by Amanda Ong


Indigenous Peoples’ Day is this Monday, Oct. 10, a day to recognize the Indigenous peoples on whose land Seattle was built, and to come together and celebrate them and their cultures. 

Continue reading How to Celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Day in the South End