Mijiang River on June 13, a week before a major typhoon hit Fujian Province. (Photo by Ye Fang Kuan via Creative Commons license)

Can Washington’s wetland conservation inform flood prevention in China?

Climate change's toll seems insurmountable, but can findings from Washington state's wetlands contribute to China's flood prevention?
Aug 3, 2015
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From Hiroshima to Hope commemorates bombing’s 70th anniversary

Aug. 6 marks the 70th anniversary of Hiroshima's atomic bombings and one of the world's largest and oldest Japanese lantern ceremonies outside Japan.
Jul 30, 2015
Viet Cong  plays a sold-out show  in Seattle this Sunday post-band name controversy. (Photo by Colin Way)

Viet Cong’s loaded band name a cautionary tale to indie artists

What’s in a name? For Viet Cong, who plays a sold-out show in Seattle this Friday, way more than they thought.
Mar 25, 2015
Migrant domestic workers lay low on a Sunday afternoon at Victoria Park. Sundays are their only day off in Hong Kong. (Photo by Chong Kai Xiong)

Exchange connects Seattle Black liberation to Hong Kong Umbrella movements

How a transpacific exchange connects Seattle Black liberation to Hong Kong Umbrella movements.
Jan 22, 2015
“It’s demanding because there’s always a bit of work to do each day,” says Lin. She spends one to two hours on her CHIN 101 coursework every day.

Growing up illiterate…in my family language

Twitter Cantonese and/or Chinese? How Chinese students are choosing their native language options. #language #China #Chinese #Cantonese Facebook How are immigrant and second-generation Chinese students keeping their native language choices open?
Jan 5, 2015
From left to right, Dan Berger, Mark Cook, J.M. Wong, and Jaz S. at Berger's recent book launch in Hillman City Collaboratory. (Photo by Christina Twu)

Afro-Asian solidarity in Seattle and across the Pacific

Between #ICan’tBreathe, #HandsUpDontShoot and #BlackLivesMatter, Twitter muscles have been in full flex around the globe these past several weeks.
Dec 23, 2014
Seattle BAYAN activist Jill Mangaliman rallies with locals just as a human barricade begins to form in front of the Digos City national highway on Dec. 10. (Photo by Katrina Pestano)

3-day Philippines march unites across provinces to defend ancestral land

People’s voices carry through the streets in the Soccsksargen region of Southern Mindanao, Philippines during a three-day march Seattle activists joined earlier this month.
Dec 22, 2014
Chef Shota Nakajima makes a 30-minute, daikon festooned masterpiece at Seattle’s inaugural “Itadakimasu” Day celebration in Pioneer Square. (Photo by Suzi Pratt)

Seattle top chef throwdown sends winner to Washoku World Challenge

Seattle chefs Shota Nakajima of Kappo Kitchen and Aaron Pate of Shiro’s Sushi went head-to-head at a cook-off on Dec. 11 at The Kitchen by Delicatus in Pioneer Square.
Dec 15, 2014
Eco Kargha weaver Poonam Devi prepares bobbins of silk thread, January 2013.

Upaya helps India’s ultra poor get higher-paying jobs

Extreme poverty is an unavoidable reality in India. The first time I traveled in the country — as an inexperienced and idealistic 20-year-old backpacker — I was shocked by the families living on the street, the children begging for food, the old women breaking rocks on the side of the road. I wondered what could […]
Dec 12, 2014
The boy who painted this visual story dreamed of a world where impoverished ethnic Burmese villagers were considered as worthy of human rights as wealthy city dwellers. (Image courtesy of Erika Berg)

Young refugees from Burma speak through art

By 2009, Burma became our state's largest refugee community.
Nov 19, 2014
From left to right, Laune Torres, Rosie Dino, Elaine and Jill Mangiliman read a letter aloud to Jennifer Laude in mourning, authored by Katrina Pestano.

Justice for Jennifer Laude and all trans hate victims

Activists gathered Sunday in a vigil for a trans woman in the Philippines who was allegedly murdered by a U.S. marine stationed there.
Nov 3, 2014
Delta’s inaugural flight to Hong Kong from Sea-Tac Airport in June. (Photo by Don Wilson/Port of Seattle)

Delta and Alaska fighting for Seattle’s gateway to Asia

By the end of this year, Delta officials say Seattle-Tacoma International Airport will see the addition of 96 flights to 33 destinations, including Seoul, Shanghai, Tokyo and Hong Kong, as well as many domestic flights.
Jul 23, 2014
"American Dresser," 2014 by Thuy-Van Vu. Image courtesy of G. Gibson Gallery.

Thuy-Van Vu paints the extraordinary lives behind ordinary objects

While some artists seek to capture the extraordinary, Thuy-Van Vu is more concerned with the mundane — but just as revealing — objects of our lives. The paintings in her newest show at G. Gibson Gallery showcases domestic, archaic items like stools, clunky dressers and typewriters. These objects, usually found amidst the other clutter in […]
Apr 2, 2014
Kenneth Bae in China before his arrest. (Photo courtesy FreeKenNow.com)

Can media attention get Kenneth Bae out of North Korea?

With yet another North Korean political prisoner released this week, Kenneth Bae's family and supporters are left wondering if media attention is helping or hurting.
Mar 4, 2014
(Photo courtesy of Din Tai Fung)

Legendary dumpling house comes to the U-District

Taiwan-headquartered Din Tai Fung has made their signature xiao long bao dumpling famous in East Asia, Australia, and even Bellevue. Now the restaurant is opening a new location near the UW campus.
Nov 25, 2013
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21 must see global films at SIFF

With 447 films from 85 countries, deciding what to see at the Seattle International Film Festival, May 16-June 9, can be daunting.  So let us give you a hand!
May 16, 2013
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It’s Good Friday and a man in the Philippines is being crucified

Fernando Mamangun gets his hands and feet nailed on a cross every Good Friday. It’s a ritual of sacrifice and penitence that is equally controversial as it is awe-inspiring.
Mar 29, 2013
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Don’t call them victims, these youth are slum changemakers

The polio-fighting, clean water advocating, girls’ rights empowered youth of “The Revolutionary Optimists” shatters everything we thought we knew about creating change. 
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Small-business suicides expose China’s hidden economic crisis

“Many things that shouldn’t have happened, happened because of money," Mr. Wang Youliang tells the camera in front him. “The situation in (Wenzhou) is a secret everybody knows but you can’t talk about it in public.” He is a young entrepreneur and shoe manufacturer working in Wenzhou, China. Among his friends, five factory owners escaped and one killed himself.
Jan 29, 2013
Public transportation in South Waziristan, in the lawless Tribal Areas between Pakistan and Afghanistan. (Photo by Gohar Masud)

A long commute through Pakistan’s Tribal Areas

My friend and I squeeze in the front seat of the pickup. We’re lucky–others are stuck in the back without seats in the freezing winter, getting tossed in the air when the driver crests the hills. It was another one of those days when I would travel between my home in Dera Ismail Khan and […]
Jan 17, 2013