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

A food survival guide for new Chinese arrivals in Seattle

From hot pot to hot dogs, some tips for navigating the Seattle food scene for Chinese international students and other new arrivals.
Nov 30, 2016
Sincere Born, one of the founders of the Palengke pop-up on First Ave. (Photo by Jeannette Magsino)

Filipino-themed pop-up offers alternative holiday shopping

Tucked away in a loft across from the Market, Palengke pop-up has holiday gifts with real community roots.
Nov 21, 2016
Amandeep Singh, A British Sikh illustrator known known as Inkquisitive, brings his pop art to Renton this week. (Photo by Harjit Bhandal)

Pop culture and Sikh tradition meet in Inkquisitive illustrations

British artist Inkquisitive has developed a huge following with his illustrations of pop stars and Sikh gurus. He visits Renton this weekend.
Nov 18, 2016

Diverse Seattle evolves as a fashion city

Seattle's burgeoning fashion scene has international influences, with young designers drawing inspiration from the cultures in which they grew up.
Indigenous DJ trio A Tribe Called Red. (Courtesy photo by Falling Tree Photography)

A Tribe Called Red’s “Electric Pow Wow” comes to Seattle

First Nations DJ trio A Tribe Called Red’s rising star as musicians has put them on the forefront of indigenous activism.
Nov 14, 2016
A Mini Central District Panther Cheerleader shows some spirit during the Cheer Competition. (Photo by Susan Fried)

These photos of Seattle youth cheer squads are exactly what you need right now

Youth cheer teams from around Seattle and South King County met last weekend to show off their strength and skill.
Nov 10, 2016

Video: Sauti Sol performs at the Neptune

Missed the Sauti Sol show last Thursday night at the Neptune Theatre or just wanna reminisce?
Nov 7, 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

5 Yiddish words I wish we had in English

Turns out ancestral Yiddish goes much deeper than "Seinfeld" jokes.
Nov 2, 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
A rendering of museum goers in a glassed in area planned for the renovated Seattle Asian Art Museum. (Courtesy photo)

Seattle Asian Art Museum gets an overhaul (but Asian art isn’t going anywhere)

The iconic art deco building in Volunteer Park will soon be shuttered for a two-year renovation. But Seattle Asian Art Museum directors say it will be worth the wait.
Oct 25, 2016
(Photo by Alex Stonehill).

How to get the most out of Short Run 2016

Your guide to the 6th annual Short Run Comix & Arts Festival!

October brings hidden history of Filipino Americans to the forefront

October is Filipino American History month, the celebration of an "invisible" minority and their accomplishments in the United States of America.
Oct 20, 2016

5 Tagalog words I wish we had in English

A language of resistance, diaspora and deep longing, Tagalog pinpoints the sentiments of this heavy-hearted activist.
Oct 19, 2016

5 Hindi words I wish we had in English

Have you ever wondered how "namaste" is really used in India?
Oct 12, 2016
Sunshine from Polynesia performs Hawaiian and Tahitian Dances on the Northwest Folklife Festival's new Open-Air Dance Stage. (Photo by Christopher Nelson)

Northwest Folklife: World Peace through Arts & Culture

Northwest Folklife is all about you: your communities, your traditions, your folklife.
Oct 5, 2016

5 Urdu words I wish we had in English

If your "Phuppo" (aunt on the father's side) looks at you with "mohabbat" (loving adoration) you might want to check if that look is sideways, according to Urdu and South Asian stereotypes.

NBC’s “Mail Order Family” fail proves who really has a seat at the table in Hollywood

"Mail Order Family" — a cartoon sitcom featuring a Filipina mail order bride — was quickly shelved this week after online backlash.
Oct 4, 2016
A princess gets an unlikely present — a sex-trafficked white dude — in "The Wedding Gift." (Courtesy photo by Joe Moore)

Oppression gets futuristic in “The Wedding Gift”

Forward Flux’s brilliantly beautiful staging of “The Wedding Gift” takes the slave narrative into sci-fi realms.
Sep 28, 2016