Japantown’s Panama Hotel hides a treasure trove of history

In 1942, in a fervor of wartime paranoia, President Roosevelt ordered Japanese-Americans into internment camps for the duration of WWII. The internment had an especially large impact in Seattle’s Japantown, where Japanese-Americans, many of them US-born citizens, were forced to abandon their homes and businesses almost overnight. Before they were led away to the camps, some […]
Jun 6, 2012

SoDo arena approved but ID businesses aren’t all celebrating

The Seattle City Council and King County Council approved a deal Monday to build a new basketball and hockey arena south of Safeco Field. But amid the jubilation from Sonics fans hoping to see a NBA team back in Seattle, some who work in the International District aren’t so sure they’ll see an economic benefit […]
Oct 15, 2012

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

From workroom to runway, Wing Luke honors Asian influences on fashion

Remember a couple years ago when GQ named Seattle one of the worst-dressed cities in the United States? Well clearly, they weren’t looking in the right places. The Wing Luke Museum, in the International District, highlights the stories of local Asian Pacific American communities through imaginative exhibits and tours. It’s an unlikely place to find […]
Jan 14, 2013

Wai Chow Eng leaves legacy of community–and delicious Chinese barbecue

Seattle’s International District lost an influential man last month. Wai Chow Eng created a family legacy of delicious Chinese barbecue cuisine and touched the lives of many through his generosity and entrepreneurial spirit.
Feb 5, 2013

International District sheds sketchy rep with Night Market

How can a Seattle neighborhood overcome a reputation for crime? Throw a massive street party at night.
Sep 9, 2013

An elusive Japanese New Year’s treat returns to Seattle

Art Oki, mastermind of Umai-Do Japanese sweet shop, brings the nostalgic taste of manju home for the holiday season.
Dec 30, 2013

Man convicted in Int’l District massacre deported after 31 years

One of the three men convicted in the Wah Mee Massacre — the deadliest mass murder in Seattle history— was deported to Hong Kong Tuesday. Wai-Chiu “Tony” Ng was 24 years old when he entered the Wah Mee gambling club with Benjamin Ng and Willie Mak. Mak was in debt to another club, and enlisted his two accomplices to help him […]
May 15, 2014
In line at a citizenship swearing in ceremony in Tacoma. Immigrants and new citizens are disproportionately targeted by criminals and scammers, advocates say. (Photo by Alex Stonehill)

Scammers and criminals target Seattle’s most vulnerable

People in the Seattle area’s international community are frequently the targets of crime — everything from break-ins to fraud to human trafficking.
May 30, 2014

Happy holidays: Seattleites celebrate lesser-known world traditions

What holidays have we missed in our Christmas monopoly?
Dec 25, 2014
Lion dancers help celebrate Chinese Lunar New Year in Seattle’s International District in 2011. (Photo by Joe Mabel)

5 ways to ring in the Lunar New Year in the Northwest

The Year of the Sheep is coming! Where to catch the Lunar New Year action around the Seattle area.
Jan 21, 2015

International District community leader shot and killed Thursday

Donnie Chin, director of the International District Emergency Center, was fatally shot early Thursday morning in the International District, reports say. Chin had patrolled and monitored the International District for decades, saying that ambulance services were slow to respond to 9-1-1 calls, according to a story in the Seattle Times. He started his patrol decades ago […]
Jul 23, 2015

Donnie Chin remembered at Sunday night vigil

Hundreds of people gathered Sunday night to honor the commitment and colorful life of International District leader Donnie Chin.
Jul 27, 2015

‘Good Samaritan’ sought in Donnie Chin shooting

Seattle Police are seeking a "well-intentioned" man who picked up bullet casings at the crime scene where International District community leader Donnie Chin was shot and killed on Thursday.
Jul 28, 2015

Crackdown on hookah lounges in wake of Donnie Chin shooting

International District residents say the hookah lounges have made the neighborhood feel unsafe and have rallied against them in recent weeks.
Aug 3, 2015
Meron Alexandar waiting to speak at the Council Meeting defense of hookah bars where she says are safe places. (Photo by Goorish Wibneh)

Passionate defense of Seattle hookah lounges at city council meeting

Seattle hookah lounges shouldn't be the scapegoat for violence, according to diverse residents who packed a City Council meeting Monday.
Aug 11, 2015

Seattle backs down on hookah crackdown (for now)

Hookah lounges can remain open as city officials and hookah lounge owners open dialogue.
Aug 28, 2015

Globalist asks the Candidates: Safety in the International District

How can Seattle improve safety in the International District? The Seattle Globalist asked the Seattle City Council candidates.
Oct 19, 2015

Chinatown-International District Block Watch walks streets for safety

Volunteers with the Neighborhood Block Watch patrol the Chinatown-International District on Tuesdays to boost the neighborhood's safety.
Oct 22, 2015

5 ways to fix public safety in the Chinatown International District

Will new city council reps like Lorena Gonzalez finally have answers for longstanding public safety issues in the International District?
Nov 24, 2015