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The Final Day at the Viet-Wah Supermarket

by Ron Chew

(This article was originally published on the International Examiner and has been reprinted under an agreement.)


Some goodbyes are harder than others. For many, this one was heart-wrenching.

On Friday, Sept. 30, 2022, the Viet-Wah Supermarket, an anchor of Seattle’s Southeast Asian refugee and immigrant population for 41 years, closed its 15,000-square-foot flagship store at 1032 S Jackson St.

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Beloved Seattle Artist and Writer Lawney Reyes Passes Away at the Age of 91

by Ron Chew

(This article was originally published on the International Examiner and has been reprinted under an agreement.)


Seattle Native American artist and writer Lawney Reyes, who documented his family saga and his tribe’s forgotten history in White Grizzly Bear’s Legacy: Learning to Be Indian, passed away on Aug. 10, 2022, at the age of 91.

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Sound Transit Will Do More Study Before Recommending Where to Build Second CID Light Rail Station

by Chetanya Robinson

(This article was originally published on the International Examiner and has been reprinted under an agreement.)


The Sound Transit Board deferred recommending a preferred location for a second light rail station in the Chinatown-International District (CID) during a July 28 meeting, opting to conduct months more study and engagement with the community first.

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Refugee Artisan Initiative Brings Job Opportunities for Immigrant Women

by Debby Cheng

(This article was originally published on the International Examiner and has been reprinted under an agreement.)


Refugee Artisan Initiative (RAI) is a women-centered organization that focuses on encouraging refugee women to use their handicraft skills to contribute to their family and community.

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Bystander Training Offered to Seattle, National AAPI Communities

by Kimmy Li

(This article was originally published on the International Examiner and has been reprinted with permission.)


With the recent spike of anti-Asian hate crimes across the country and one-year anniversary of the Atlanta spa shootings in March, some organizations are offering free bystander training and self-defense workshops for the Asian American and Pacific Islander community.

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Gary Locke Shares His Story as Keynote Speaker at 2021 Eradicate Hate Conference

(This article was originally published on the International Examiner and has been reprinted with permission.)


Former Gov. Gary Locke was the keynote speaker at the October 18, 2021, Eradicate Hate Conference, which gathered hundreds of attendees at the Pittsburgh Convention Center. The event, held on a date close to the anniversary of the Tree of Life synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh on October 27, 2018, brought together people and organizations from around the world that were having the most significant impact in combating hate, preventing hate crimes, and providing justice for the victims of such crimes. The following is Locke’s speech, printed in the International Examiner with permission.

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Readers: Tell Us What You Think!


Real Change, the International Examiner, and the South Seattle Emerald are collaborating to better serve our readers. As community-based nonprofit publications, we are dedicated to serving our communities, we are proud of what we publish, and thank you for your positive comments, financial support, and awards. But, over the past two years, we know things have changed and may never get back to “normal.” We need to hear from you, our readers. 

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Remembering Norm Mineta, Asian American Pioneer

by Sharon Maeda


There are so many stories about Norm Mineta, 90, who passed away Tuesday, May 3. He was a soft-spoken gentleman who was a part of making U.S. history at multiple junctures. Mineta was “the first” many times over: the first Asian American mayor of a major city, San Jose, California, where he was born and raised. Twenty years ago, the San Jose Airport was named for him. He was the first Asian American cabinet secretary and first and only Democrat in the George W. Bush administration. 

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Asian American News Anchor Criticized for Being ‘Very Asian,’ Turned Message Into AAPI Unity

by Patranya Bhoolsuwan

This article is part of a special project between the International Examiner and the South Seattle Emerald to produce content in 2022 addressing Asian and Pacific Islander racism and resilience. This content was made possible by a grant from the Seattle Human Services Department.


Unity took a #VeryAsian turn earlier this month when an Asian American TV news anchor turned a viewer’s comment she called “ugly and racist” into something quite beautiful and amazing.

On New Year’s Day, KSDK-TV’s Michelle Li posted a video of herself listening to a voicemail from an unidentified woman who had watched a news segment on traditional New Year’s Day dinners. In that segment, Li, who is of Korean descent, made the comment that she “ate dumpling soup. That’s what a lot of Korean people do.”

In the voicemail, the viewer left a message complaining about the news segment, saying, in part, “I kind of take offense to that, because what if one of your white anchors said, ‘Well, white people eat this on New Year’s Day.’ I don’t think it was very appropriate that she said that, and she was being very Asian.” The viewer went on to say, “She can keep her Korean to herself. All right, sorry. It was annoying.”

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Emerald and International Examiner Collaborate on Stories Addressing Anti-Asian Violence 

by International Examiner

(This article originally appeared on the International Examiner website and has been reprinted under an agreement.) 


The International Examiner (IE) and the South Seattle Emerald are excited to announce they have received a $50,000 grant from the City of Seattle Human Services Department to work together on producing content in 2022. The focus of this content will be to address anti-Asian racism, including verbal and physical assaults and hate crimes.

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