Delaney Ruston, in the field. (Photo courtesy Hidden Pictures)

On World Mental Health Day, local film takes on global stigma

“Hidden Pictures” follows people diagnosed with mental illnesses on four continents to reveal how a shift in attitudes might improve care.
Oct 10, 2013
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Well this is embarrassing: Global perspectives on the government shutdown

Here in the U.S. it may feel like the sky is falling. But many people in the rest of the world are reacting to the government shutdown with a shrug of the shoulders and a chuckle at our expense.
Oct 7, 2013
University of Washington international students (from left) Hans Mohrmann from The Netherlands, Tess Murphy of New Zealand and Anna WüŸst of Germany show off their passports at a Mariners to celebrate the first day of class. (Photo by Alex Stonehill)

Challenges facing big numbers of foreign students entering UW

The number of international students at University of Washington doubled in the last 5 years. But the resulting cross-cultural experiences aren’t always easy.
Sep 27, 2013
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Chinese LGBT chorus finds inspiration in Seattle’s gay scene

A gay men’s chorus in China is breaking down social barriers, with a little help from The Seattle Men’s Chorus.
Jun 27, 2013
A Pangea Giving member meets with a community organization in Burma. (Photo courtesy Pangea)

Want to launch a global nonprofit? Partnerships are the key

Many Seattleites are inspired to do good overseas. But making a real impact means recognizing your limitations and identifying potential partners whose work you can support. 
Jun 17, 2013
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International students from Asia filling more seats at UW

Huge numbers of international students are making their mark on UW. But is Seattle making enough of a mark on them?  
Mar 5, 2013
During the second exhibition of the Young family’s robes and jades in 1981, Mary Young (center) poses next to these treasures with Jon Kowalek, former Tacoma Art Museum director, and Pearlie Baskin. (Photo courtesy of the Young family)

Tacoma Art Museum director defends controversial sale of Chinese antiquities

Local relatives are angry after couples’ collection is sold off, mostly to buyers outside the Northwest.  
Mar 2, 2013
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Rethinking study abroad, diverse youth travel to China and Middle East

Study abroad is a defining experience for many high school and college students. But often the students who have access to those programs are white and upper/middle class. One Seattle program hopes to change that. 
Feb 6, 2013
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New Chinese highway exposes medieval Tibetan kingdom to the modern world

Cheap denim jeans replace handwoven textiles and ancient farming techniques give way to tractors as the ancient Tibetan Kingdom of Lo gets a long-awaited taste of modernity. 
Jan 30, 2013
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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
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Chinese b-ballers school West Seattle girls on and off the court

It’s Saturday night high school basketball in West Seattle. There are sneakers squeaking on the court and dutiful families chatting in the bleachers. Suddenly the crowd stands and turns towards a red flag hung beside the hoop as the band strikes up a brassy version of the national anthem…of the People’s Republic of China. This […]
Jan 18, 2013
President Obama shares shooting techniques with Chinese Vice Premier Wang Qishan in the Oval Office in 2009. (Photo by Pete Souza)

Basketball Diplomacy: Love for the Sonics lives on in China

Once people discover that I speak some basic Chinese, the typical conversation I have here in Juijiang goes something like this: A few standard queries regarding my nationality, occupation, marital status, salary, and maybe my opinions on Chinese food. And then it happens. “Which city are you from?” “I am from Seattle.” I say, bracing […]
Jan 16, 2013
Frustrated with the outsourcing of American manufacturing jobs, Ryan Clark and Tim Andis founded Liberty Bottleworks. The company makes recycled aluminum bottles locally using mostly US machinery, materials and labor. (Photo by Alex Stonehill)

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
The much-adored Green Village homemade pepper sauce. Made fresh in house, it’s a favorite among the restaurant’s regular guests. (Photo by Lisa Strube-Kilgore)

China to Taiwan to Seattle, a family legacy lives on at Green Village

As I sat clicking dispiritedly through take-out menus in search of lunch, Chi Sun Lu walked by my desk on her way outside for a quick cigarette. ”Lu,” I asked, ”Can you recommend any really good, authentic Chinese restaurants in town?” She stopped in her tracks, turned, and eyed me silently as though waiting for […]
Jan 2, 2013
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Top 5 bizarre plans for tonight’s Mayan apocalypse

The end is near! And for Seattleites that means going out with a bang. It’s almost December 21st, the day the Ancient Mayans predicted (sort of) that the world would end. Or maybe John Cusack just starred in a movie about it and we’ve officially lost touch with reality. Either way, Elysian Brewery is serving […]
Dec 20, 2012
A train carrying coal hugs the Puget Sound on it's way to the Westshore coal terminal in BC. With a proposed new coal terminal in Bellingham, train shipments through Washington State are set to increase dramatically. (Photo by Paul K. Anderson)

Is the Northwest a Coal Scrooge?

When you go to sleep tonight, Seattle will be visited by three ghosts: the ghost of energy’s past, the ghost of energy’s present and the ghost of energy yet to come. The question is, will we wake up and shape our own destiny? Imagine a mountain of billowing, black coal taller than the Columbia tower […]
Dec 10, 2012
A North Korean army (or is it Chinese?)  invades Spokane in the remake of Red Dawn, opening this weekend. (Photo by Sarah Stuteville)

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
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The face-kini fad, robot Olympics, and a phone booth facelift

Face-kini sweeps China beaches as world’s most awkward fashion fad This almost certainly beats out Jnco jeans and the piano key necktie as one of the most awkward (and somewhat terrifying) fashion trends. The simple, stretchy face mask seems to be more for utility than fashion, as women try to preserve a pale complexion on […]
Aug 24, 2012
Spain's Gasol drives past Love of the U.S. to score during the men's gold medal basketball game at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London

NBA dreams deferred, Seattle players look overseas for court time

As the Seattle city council ponders a vote approving bonds for a new arena that could bring back men’s professional basketball, the summer Olympics proved the game’s popularity is still growing quickly overseas. The U.S. men’s basketball team sped past Spain for a gold medal in the summer Olympics, but other countries showed burgeoning strength. […]
Aug 22, 2012
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Globalist Roundup: DIY prosthetics, Belgium street harassment, Downton Abbey cookbook

Chinese man builds own prosthetics after fishing accident Sun Jifa is the new face of DIY disability adaptation after making his own prosthetic arms from steel and scrap metal. The arms took eight years to construct, but were the alternative to the expensive models recommended by the hospital. (Via Daily Mail)  A backwards baseball hat […]
Aug 17, 2012