Campaign posters of Mahinda Rajapaksa with the eyes scratched out. (Photo by Indi Samarajiva)

I fled to the U.S. after my government threatened my life. Trump’s got me worried.

What can America learn from the successes and failures of Sri Lankans who opposed a corrupt, racist, power hungry president?
Feb 15, 2017

This is not a test

The U.S. has a history of persecution and unlawful detention of minority residents. That's why Japanese Americans should stand up for Muslims today.
Jan 30, 2017
Masjid Ramadan, Hargesia, Somaliland. (Photo by Ikram Issa)

1,000 Somali Shillings: How mosques hold Somalia together

A Seattle Muslim who moved back to his native land found his faith rekindled inside the four simple walls of a Somali mosque.
Jan 25, 2017

Bike share fails in Seattle — even as it thrives in other cities

While Seattle loves its bikes, it didn't love its bike share program.
Jan 24, 2017
Fai Mathews, left, has been at most every MLK Day Celebration for the last two decades, always carrying the same picture of Dr. King. (Photo by Susan Fried)

Photos: 35 years of Seattle MLK celebrations

Looking back over decades of celebrations of Dr. King’s legacy, it’s clear Seattle has the strength to face our new challenges.
Jan 11, 2017

“Truth B Told” explores breadth of Northwest black artists

Onyx Fine Arts Collective show at King Street Station is a creative explosion of a variety of truths from black artists in the Northwest.
Jan 10, 2017
The Moscow subway. (Photo from Flickr by Stefan Schlautmann)

Putin’s Orphans: Reasons to fear a dark turn in Russia

A late night encounter on the Moscow subway hints at a rising tide of hate in Russia.
Jan 1, 2017

Coming to a big, big, big country

"Its buildings, its cities, its cars, everything, the people, everything is big."
Dec 29, 2016

In America, you can get to know your waiters

Shaun Sik, from Malaysia, and his family had a conversation with a waiter that changed his impression of people in the United States.
Dec 27, 2016

A first impression of the U.S.: Roads so straight and smooth

Tatyana Shtefyuk, originally from Ukraine, was struck by the short lines, smiles from strangers and smooth roads in her new country.
Dec 26, 2016
(Photo from Flickr by Peter Guthrie)

Reflections on the ‘real America’ from inside the Seattle bubble

I didn’t know until recently that I'm a member of the ‘Democratic urban elite,' living in a bubble that doesn’t represent the ‘real America.’
Dec 21, 2016

Philippine Ex-President Marcos’ “hero’s burial” serves a modern agenda

What's behind the effort to bury the demons of Ferdinand Marcos' past?
Dec 18, 2016

Media fail to give REAL first Asian American Olympic gold medalist her due

Vicki Manalo Draves was the first Asian American to win Olympic gold. But once again, the media was ready to give a man credit for something a woman did.
Dec 15, 2016
The author and his sister in the 90's. (Courtesy photo)

Donald Trump was already my president

As a black Bronx, New York native, a disabled veteran, and the son of an immigrant, someone like Donald Trump has always been my president.
Dec 7, 2016

Will Grandma have a place in the new Chinatown-International District?

Advocates are worried about how a 300-unit hotel and apartment development will negatively impact the Chinatown-ID’s most vulnerable residents.
Dec 5, 2016

5 ways to tread lightly as an international volunteer

Take it from a local Nepalese development worker: prepare, tread light and stay longer as an international volunteer.
Nov 28, 2016

“Please select one”: Growing up with a multiracial identity

"What are you?" A Seattle high school student has a brilliant answer to this all-too-familiar question.
Nov 21, 2016

Could greater compassion for men curb mass shootings?

There's something wrong in how our culture treats men and boys.
Nov 15, 2016

One year after Paris and Beirut: How to shake Western media bias

Do we care about all deaths equally? A look at Western media bias.
Nov 13, 2016

Young women of color wonder what Trump presidency will bring

And what kind of country did we have?
Nov 9, 2016