Dare to DREAM: Tips from youth navigating Deferred Action

Leer en Español Imagine a thirteen year old boy trying to stay awake after walking more than three days in the desert. He’s so desperate for water that he drinks from a puddle where a dead body has fallen.  Now imagine that seven years later that boy can’t get a legal job, go to college or visit […]
Jan 9, 2013

The Russian bakery so nice, they named it twice

Cheese. Did your mouth just water? Yeah, mine too. If anyone knows what cheese can do to people, it is Oliver Kotelnikov, owner of the Russian bakery Piroshky Piroshky in the Pike Place Market. Apparently, cheese can make pastries fly off the shelves. Cheese didn’t start it all, though. Kotelnikov’s parents did, 20 years ago, […]
Jan 8, 2013

Bringing manufacturing jobs back to the US, one water bottle at a time

It was the middle of that dark week before the New Year. Christmas cookies were growing stale in tins on the counter and emails had begun to pile up again. But the news of a plea for help from a forced labor camp in China cut through my holiday hangover. The Oregonian reported that a Portland […]
Jan 4, 2013

New MOHAI shows off Seattle’s long history of global ties

When I woke up New Years Day, I immediately regretted my plans to spend the day in a museum. It was one of those uncharacteristically sunny winter days in Seattle. The kind where Seattleites crawl out of hibernation and the population of the city suddenly seems to double. The sun glittered across Lake Union as […]
Jan 3, 2013

5 secrets to Seattle’s success fighting global poverty

“There is something unique about Seattle,” says Michele Frix, Program Officer with the Seattle International Foundation (SIF). “There’s a special quality here: that giving nature and that great interest in global causes.” Want proof? Look no further than the 250 women and men filling the Four Seasons Hotel ballroom in downtown Seattle this morning. They […]
Dec 7, 2012

Mastering the art of Afghan cooking (with a little help from Kabul)

Until recently I knew next to nothing about Afghanistan, except that we’ve been at war there for more than half my lifetime. From what I saw in the news I envisioned dry, desolate terrain throughout, with militants popping out from rocky outcroppings just long enough to shoot at a nameless target. I knew this wasn’t […]
Dec 5, 2012

Cricket: the perfect sport for Seattle tech-geeks and globalists

Behind a complex of warehouses in Woodinville, in a fluorescent-lit sports complex laid with AstroTurf and strung with netting, there’s a batsman stepping up to the pitch. I’m at late-night cricket practice for The Moose, the traveling team of The Microsoft Cricket Club. It’s 9:00 on a work night but nobody’s going home anytime soon […]
Nov 30, 2012

Video: Seattle’s hidden history of Filipino struggle

On Saturday, the Filipino activist group AnakBayan Seattle will celebrate its tenth anniversary as the first overseas chapter of the democratic youth organization, which is based in the Philippines. But the history of Filipinos fighting for dignity and respect in Seattle reaches back further to over a century ago. This history isn’t taught in schools, […]
Nov 29, 2012

DREAMers anxiously await Obama’s next move on immigration

Yuriana Garcia, 20, is an ambitious, soft-spoken Honors student majoring in Human Centered Design & Engineering at UW. She has a passion for bioengineering, and an impressive record working on research projects in genomics and microbiology. She’s also an undocumented immigrant. Until recently, her dreams of a PhD and a career using technological innovation to aid development […]

Finding a new branch of my family tree in Thailand

BANGKOK, Thailand– They were complete strangers, but it instantly felt like a family reunion. One week before I departed for my first international reporting trip, my grandmother Cece and my great aunt Karen casually drop to me on Facebook that, oh by the way, I have relatives in Thailand. Come again? Now I’m from a long and […]
Nov 26, 2012

North Koreans invade Spokane, xenophobia invades box office

A sunny morning in Spokane — shaggy green lawns, puffy clouds and compact SUVs parked outside of 100-year-old houses. Then a boom, a rattling snow globe featuring the Space Needle and the blue sky fills with white parachutes. The North Koreans have just invaded Washington state. To children of the ’80s this might sound vaguely […]
Nov 23, 2012

The (other) oil industry greenwashes de-forestation in Indonesia

It is a shock to think of Indonesia as the world’s third largest emitter of greenhouse gases. How could a country that boasts one of the world’s most diverse ecosystems be spewing out more carbon and methane than economic powerhouses such as Germany and Japan? The answer lies in the forest. Or what’s left of […]
Nov 21, 2012

New NW immigrants bring diversity to military ranks

Turns out you don’t pack much for boot camp. When I asked Belindah Mumelo if I could hang out with her while she prepared to head off for basic training this week, I imagined huge duffel bags stuffed with gear. Instead, she showed me a backpack the size of a school bag, full of white […]
Nov 16, 2012

Northwest expats in Thailand cheer Obama victory with locals

BANGKOK, Thailand–As the elections unfolded yesterday in the US, a small huddle of Americans glued their eyes to the CNN report, broadcasting the returns in a mostly empty bar here in Bangkok. The American-owned Roadhouse BBQ was one of only two bars in the city advertising an election watch. Yet in a city packed full […]
Nov 7, 2012

Minority representation still a challenge in hyper-diverse 9th district

When Washington’s congressional districts were redrawn last January, the State Redistricting Commission made a bold move: They split the city of Seattle between two districts in order to create the state’s first ever “majority-minority” district. The 9th Congressional District was shifted northward, leaving behind the Fort Lewis area and rural Pierce County to take in […]
Oct 28, 2012

Ashtanga Yoga feeds spiritual hunger in West, but few Indian followers

The legions of Americans taking their winter workouts inside to the warm sanctuary of yoga classes are part of a global trend taking to the Indian physical-spiritual practice. A love of yoga took one Ashtanga instructor from Abu Dhabi to Finland, pushed her physical limits and brought her in to a whole new community. But […]
Oct 24, 2012

Seattle start-up Härnu launches social network for Globalists

We coined the term “hyperglobal” here at the Globalist to describe the combination of “local” and “global” in our content – bridging gaps between communities, from neighborhoods to nations, across the planet. Now, a fellow Seattlelite has taken the same approach to social networking. His name is Jason Gowans, and like us, he’s been all […]
Oct 11, 2012

In honor of I-502: A Globalist marijuana travel guide

My name is Sara and I smoke pot. Ahh. I feel so much better. And if Initiative 502 passes next month, there’s going to be a lot more people coming out of their smoky closets. Our state looks to be on the verge of legalizing pot for recreational use, so it’s about time we start […]
Oct 10, 2012

More blood for oil in Kazakhstan

I spent my first night in Kazakhstan at a punk show in the hills surrounding the capital, Almaty. There were 22’s of local beer, calf tattoos, bikes, a guy named “Joy” bragging about his small family farm and French Screamo music. It could have been a late summer evening in Seattle – well, minus the […]
Sep 25, 2012

Kazakhstan’s punks reflect global millennial sub-culture

It could have been Olympia. Audio/Visual Postcard by Jessica Partnow, Sarah Stuteville and Alex Stonehill Zombie Fest could have taken place in a sunny mountain meadow somewhere in the Northwest. It just so happened it was in Kazakhstan. But that didn’t change the homebrew hairstyles and patched jean jackets, the unhinged, angsty music, or the […]
Sep 11, 2012