by Ronnie Estoque
The love that the Seattle community had for legendary civil-rights activist Robert “Uncle Bob” Santos was in full bloom Thursday evening for the virtual groundbreaking of a new affordable housing development named after him. An additional Zoom overflow room had to be created to accommodate all the many community members in attendance. The CID-based InterIm Community Development Association (CDA) in charge of the development produced a video shown during the event that discussed Uncle Bob’s contributions to the neighborhood and details about the building, which is set to begin its construction in the second week of March.
Continue reading Virtual Groundbreaking of Uncle Bob’s Place Honors Legendary Community Activist
by Carolyn Bick
The Emerald wanted to show the community taking care of each other the day after a peaceful demonstration against systemic racism in the nation’s police force was hijacked by, from many accounts of protestors on the ground, white people who attended with the aim of causing destruction. Mayor Jenny Durkan also acknowledged in a statement on Twitter that “much of the violence and destruction, both here and across the country, has been instigated and perpetuated by white men.”
Not all the people interviewed here were at the protests, but all came out specifically to help their community. The Emerald wanted to capture the range of thoughts and feelings among these people. They are couples with children and without; community organizers and everyday citizens trying to do their part; demonstrators who said they watched up close as police officers incited violence at the previous day’s protest; and people who did not attend the protest, but felt they had to come down, because doing something was better than sitting with their anxiety at home.
Continue reading “For A Greater Purpose”: Community Aids in Clean-Up, Pushes Back Against National Narratives About Previous Day’s Protests
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.
Continue reading How a Facebook Group Supporting Seattle’s Chinatown Became a COVID-19 Community Movement
by Carolyn Bick
The street in front of Seattle Betsuin Buddhist Temple was flooded with a riot of color, as the temple hosted its 87th Bon Odori Festival on the skirts of the International District.
Continue reading Bon Odori Celebrates Dance, Cuisine and Community
by Carolyn Bick
Noodles still spilling out of his mouth, Brandon T. raised his chopsticks in victory. Before anyone had realized it, he had demolished an entire takeaway container of noodles during the youth portion of the noodle-eating contest at this year’s Dragon Fest, hosted by the Chinatown-International Business District Improvement Area.
Continue reading Dragon Fest Welcomes Crowds for Performance, Noodle-Eating Contest