In "Beijing Meets Seattle" Actress Tang Wei plays a materialistic woman who travels to Seattle to give birth to the child of her married Beijing lover.

Movie romance wooing Chinese tourists to Seattle

Chinese blockbuster "Beijing Meets Seattle" has a young generation in China swooning over our city.
Jan 31, 2014

New Mandarin radio shows draw Huskies out of their comfort zone

HUA-Voice Radio encourages international students to step out of their comfort zones .
Jan 30, 2014
Zaraal, a snow leopard in the South Gobi desert of Mongolia. (Photo by Orjan Johansson)

Local love for the world’s cutest (and most endangered) cats

Four decades on, a new generation of Seattleites continues efforts to protect Central Asia’s snow leopards.
Jan 8, 2014

Northwest brewmaster incites Chinese craft beer revolution

A beer lover from Portland is helping to bring microbrews to China’s macro market.
Dec 31, 2013
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
(Photo by Cool Revolution / DC Media Group)

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
Roy as a representative of Shining Jazzy Chorus in last year's Hong Kong Pride Parade.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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