Joseph Castleberry, president of Northwest University, in an interview with Spanish-language KNTS Radio Luz in Seattle (Courtesy photo by Chuck Olmstead)

Can religion bridge the divide over immigration policy?

Northwest University, a private Christian college in Kirkland, is hosting a symposium of immigration experts in hopes of finding common ground across political divides.
Feb 23, 2017
Harry Chan, third generation owner of Tai Tung restaurant, the oldest running Chinese restaurant in Chinatown-International District).

Seattle’s oldest Chinese restaurants serve up edible history

A documentary at the upcoming Seattle Asian American Film Festival explores the delicious history of Chinese-American food in our region.
Feb 16, 2017
A blanket protest against Putin's government brought tens of thousands of protesters to the streets in central Moscow in September 2012. (Photo by Alex Stonehill)

The US in 2017 is starting to remind me of Russia in 2012

Former Russian Foreign Minister Andrei Kozyrev sees parallels between the early stages of the Trump administration and Putin's rise to power. He makes a convincing case.
Feb 9, 2017
Mauricio Soto who owns Arado Farms, grows raspberries on land he leases from Viva Farms along Highway 20 in the Skagit Valley. (Photo by Mike Siegal / The Seattle Times)

‘Incubator’ trains migrants to breathe life into dying family farms

There's a lot of rhetoric about immigrants threatening “American jobs.” But in the Skagit Valley, they may be the only ones who can save dying family farms.
Jan 26, 2017
The world's eight richest people: Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, Jeff Bezos, Amancio Ortega, Mark Zuckerberg, Larry Ellison, Carlos Slim and Michael Bloomberg. (Photo from Reuters)

Is Seattle the capital of global income inequality?

A new report from Oxfam found that eight men own the same wealth as the poorest 50 percent of humanity. Two of them live right here in Seattle.
Jan 19, 2017
Martha Langarica, right, holds her 4-month-old daughter, Mia, as Evelyn Reyes, 16 months old, takes a closer look. The families were visiting Open Arms Perinatal Services to get advice from the doulas and personnel at the center, as well as diapers. (Photo by Johnny Andrews / The Seattle Times)

Culturally sensitive doulas offer a vital lifeline to new moms

Statistics suggest doulas can help reduce preterm labor and C-section rates, but they can also help bring important cultural traditions to labor and birth.
Jan 13, 2017
Student activists observing the first Islamophobia Awareness Day in 2015 near Victor Steinbrueck Park. (Photo by Ayan Jama)

Kids of many faiths unite for anti-Islamophobia workshop

An upcoming workshop in Seattle will teach middle- and high-school students how to use the media to fight anti-Muslim sentiments in their own communities.
Jan 6, 2017
In the documentary short “A Year Without My Parents,” screening at Children’s Film Festival Seattle, 11-year-old Tareq tries to adjust to life as a Syrian migrant in Holland. (Children’s Film Festival Seattle)

Children’s Film Festival opens young minds to the world

“Children are humans, and so they understand the world through story just like we do,” says the director of the Children’s Film Festival Seattle, which starts Jan. 26.
Dec 30, 2016
Volunteers serve food at last year's interfaith Christmas Eve Dinner. (Photo courtesy Muslim Community Resource Center)

Interfaith Christmas Eve dinner hints at a brighter 2017

We live in dark times. But an annual multicultural dinner for the needy on Friday is a sight of hope behind the headlines.
Dec 23, 2016
Inmates of the Washington Corrections Center for Women practice yoga at a Yoga Behind Bars teacher training. (Photo by Emily Westlake)

Training new yoga teachers behind bars

Yoga Behind Bars has offered yoga classes to prisoners for a while. Now it’s teaching inmates at the women’s prison near Gig Harbor how to lead classes themselves.
Dec 9, 2016
A man charges his phone during a demo of the JikoPower Spark prototype in Kisumu Kenya. (Courtesy photo)

‘Spark’ of Seattle idea to charge phones without electricity

The JikoPower Spark, tested and incubated at UW, is a Mad Max-looking metal cup that can charge phones without electricity, using only the heat of a fire.
Dec 2, 2016
Darartu Jamal, 9, speaks at the “Election Reflection: Building Community Strength and Resilience” event on Nov. 21st. (Photo by Ken Lambert/The Seattle Times)

Rainier Valley youth voice fears of Trump presidency

A group of East African youth asked a panel of elected representatives tough questions about how they'll be impacted by the Trump presidency.
Nov 25, 2016
Bread of Life Mission in Pioneer Square estimates as many as half of their clients are foreign born. (Photo from Flickr by Alex Cheek)

Fear in the homeless shelter: ‘Trump is going to deport me’

A recent visit to Bread of Life mission in Seattle revealed a homeless-outreach organization with peculiar challenges facing foreigners these days.
Nov 11, 2016
Dozens of small plastic candles sit on a display at the Festival of Lights Diwali celebration at the Seattle Center Armory in 2014. (Lindsey Wasson / The Seattle Times)

Hey Seattle, get in the Diwali spirit!

With a growing South Asian population, is Seattle behind the curve in public celebration of Diwali?
Nov 3, 2016
(Photo by Alex Stonehill)

Indie comics get serious, pushing political and social buttons

No laughing matter, a new global comics movement is on the front lines of pressing social and political issues.
Oct 27, 2016

Meru Greens helps bring Kenyan crops to lucrative markets

Rosemary Muthomi, co-founder of Meru Greens, helps Kenyan subsistence farmers get fair access to the global market.
Oct 21, 2016

Seattle pop-up restaurant Yalla offers real deal in Middle Eastern cuisine

Yalla emphasizes Middle Eastern cuisine beyond the kebab.
Oct 7, 2016
Jeff Holtzman and Jill Haas were able to have creative careers and build their businesses thanks to the affordability of their trailer park home. (Photo by Erika Schultz / The Seattle Times)

Seattle trailer park closure another blow to affordable housing

University Trailer Park off Lake City Way will be turned into 89 townhomes, leaving residents struggling to find affordable housing.
Sep 30, 2016
Teachers at "Tiny Trees," run with some of their students in Jefferson Park near their outdoor school. (Photo by Ellen Banner / The Seattle Times)

This affordable outdoor preschool is a breath of fresh air for Seattle

Tiny Trees outdoor preschool is based on a longtime Scandinavian model of education that says there are some things you can only learn outside.
Sep 22, 2016
Jane Kagira owns the Kenyan restaurant Safari Njema in Columbia City, host of the first Migrating Meals conversation. The scenes on the wall mainly are depictions of Kenya. (Photo by Alan Berner / The Seattle Times)

‘Migrating Meals’ puts awkward dinner conversation on the menu

Can delicious food thaw the Seattle Freeze and get people to engage with sensitive subjects? Project Feast's new 'Migrating Meals' program aims to find out.
Sep 9, 2016