SUSI students visited The Seattle Times newsroom. (Photo by Jessica Partnow)

Twitter chat on immigration, feminism and Subway sandwiches in South Asia

Join this live chat at 8am Pacific Time/11am Eastern/8:30pm India on Thursday October 30th. Tune in here or by following the Twitter hashtag #susi2014.
Oct 29, 2014
Hamda Yusuf, a third-year international studies major who is Somali American, often works on her poetry about identity at the Quad on the University of Washington campus. (Photo by Lindsey Wasson / The Seattle Times)

Borders collapse in voices of young poets

A growing cohort of immigrant poets gives a universal spin to Northwest themes.
Sep 26, 2014
Wasfia Nazreen on the summit of Aconcagua, highest point outside Asia, with her hula hoop and Bangladeshi flag. (Photo by Jamie McGuinness)

On mountain high for women’s rights

A passion for extreme adventure has taken two women from two different parts of the world on a journey with one purpose: women’s empowerment.
May 25, 2014
Zubair Ahmed

The poetics of home with Zubair Ahmed

I begin to sleep. My body is music. I will never have a home. – from ‘Concession’. City of Rivers. McSweeny’s (2012). Technically, Zubair Ahmed does have a home — in a shiny apartment complex in Belltown. There, the 25-year-old turns few heads as he goes to and from his job at Boeing, where he […]
Apr 24, 2014
Seattle South Asian Film Festival founder Rita Meher. (Photo by Shikha Jain)

New crop of local South Asian filmmakers shine at Tasveer festival

Work in IT or development may pay the bills, but Seattle’s South Asian community has a growing passion for film.
Oct 11, 2013
Three of Walmart's 2.2 million employees gather in protest at the company's first location in Bentonville, Arkansas. (Photo via How To Change Walmart Tumblr)

Change Walmart, change the world

Walmart employees are gathered at the company’s global headquarters for a campaign that connects low-wage workers from Washington to Bangladesh.
Jun 7, 2013
Sumi Abedin, right, and Kalpona Akter lead local demonstrators in protests at The Gap and Walmart on behalf of workers rights for Bangladeshi garment workers. Akter is the executive director of the Bangladesh Center for Worker Solidarity, and Abedin is a survivor from the fatal factory fire in Dhaka in 2012 that killed more than 100 workers. (Photo by Dean Rutz/The Seattle Times)

Bangladesh garment workers demand US retailers “End Death Traps”

Fires at garment factories in Bangladesh have killed more than 600 workers since 2006. This week a survivor visited Seattle to confront consumers with the human cost of cheap apparel. 
Apr 26, 2013
Kenyan children play with a donated soccer ball in part of the World Vision display at Northgate Mall. (Photo by Alex Stonehill)

‘Sick of stuff’ Seattleites seek more meaningful holiday gifts (like goats)

On a Sunday afternoon a week before Christmas, Northgate Mall is a mosh pit of shoppers. It’s a familiar scene. Our cheerful, if harried, consumerism is as much a holiday ritual as any traditional meal or family gathering. But by the Victoria’s Secret, between the kiosk advertising the new Fiat and the one selling massaging […]
Dec 21, 2012
Microsoft

Microsofties with global roots give back

The last couple weeks have seen one former Microsoft executive become the Prime Minister of Mali and another hatch an ambitious plot to mine asteroids. Expanding from our rainy cradle in the corner of the country, the reach of our massive hometown software company transcends borders (and even outer space apparently). But some Microsoft employees […]
Apr 30, 2012
globfeat

Gut-punching Globalization Trilogy comes to Northwest Film Forum

I’m looking forward to seeing Whore’s Glory, the third film in Michael Glawogger’s, Globalization Trilogy, with a mix of anticipation and dread. The Austrian director’s trilogy spans the globe to give an intimate look at the life and work of people on the economic margins. The results are not always easy to watch. Glawogger’s website […]
Apr 23, 2012