Tag Archives: Chinatown-International District

Co-LEAD Allowed to Start Moving People From Seattle Streets Into Hotels, Too Late to Help Those Removed in Last Three Sweeps

by Erica C. Barnett 

(This article was previously published on The C is for Crank and has been reprinted with permission.)


More than six weeks after the Seattle-based Public Defender Association (PDA) launched its Co-LEAD program in Burien, the diversion program has come home to Seattle and began serving five homeless clients last week. Co-LEAD provides hotel rooms, case management, and other basic supports to people experiencing homelessness who have been in the criminal justice system and lack legal options for making money during the COVID-19 pandemic. After launching the program in Burien in April, the PDA had hoped to enroll some of the people who were dispersed throughout the city during several recent encampment sweeps, but were unable to do so because the city moved ahead with the removals before Co-LEAD case workers could identify and enroll new participants.

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Despite “Suspension,” Encampment Sweeps Continue in the Chinatown-International District

by Erica C. Barnett


People wheeling suitcases, lugging hand baskets, and pushing grocery carts trailed slowly out of a large homeless encampment on South Weller Street Thursday morning, passing through police barricades and a crowd of onlookers as the city’s Navigation Team removed an encampment that, as recently as last weekend, included nearly 70 tents. About 30 police were on hand to escort an estimated 36 residents away from the area. Continue reading Despite “Suspension,” Encampment Sweeps Continue in the Chinatown-International District

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 nearby Snohomish County (in a man who had visited Wuhan). But because Seattle’s Chinatown, a historically Asian immigrant community, was being perceived as directly connected to China where the outbreak began in December, businesses in the ID had been experiencing decline as early as January. Restaurants were getting hit especially hard. 

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“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, has been lovingly safeguarding Lee’s memory and legacy in Seattle for almost five decades. Many people know and admire legendary martial artist Bruce Lee, but few know about the close friend who helped Lee start his first martial arts school in Seattle’s Chinatown-International District (CID) and carried on Lee’s legacy after he tragically passed. Kimura turned 96 last month and Thursday, May 7, a new short film about his life and relationship to Lee, “Taky Kimura: The Heart of the Dragon,” will premiere online for Asian Pacific American Heritage Month.

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Small Business Relief Fund Raises $150,000 for Chinatown-International District and Little Saigon

by Kamna Shastri


Even before companies started ordering their employees to work from home and Gov. Jay Inslee proclaimed a mandatory stay-at-home order, Seattle’s Chinatown-International District had already seen a decline in business after news of the COVID-19 outbreak in Wuhan began to make the rounds. Continue reading Small Business Relief Fund Raises $150,000 for Chinatown-International District and Little Saigon

Seattle’s AAPI Community Welcomes the Year of the Rat

by Carolyn Bick


The bright clashing of cymbals echoed through the streets surrounding Hing Hay Park, the sounds beckoning some of the many thousands of attendees to follow, as they congregated in Seattle’s Chinatown- International District to celebrate Lunar New Year. Continue reading Seattle’s AAPI Community Welcomes the Year of the Rat

PHOTOS: Chinatown-International District Celebrates Lunar New Year

by Carolyn Bick

Seattle’s Chinatown-International District was abuzz with activity on March 2 to welcome in the Year of the Pig.

Under a clear, sunny sky, throngs of hungry people lined King Street to sample the offerings of various food vendors, while performers from different cultural associations took the stage at Hing Hay Park just beyond. The sound of drums and cymbals resonated throughout the streets, as the Northwest Kung Fu and Fitness lion dance troupe visited shopkeepers, dancing and strewing cabbage in front of their stores to bring them good luck in the coming year.

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