Chinese Immigrant Brings Salsa Dance Lessons to Belltown

Walk by the Belltown Dance Studio on Sunday night and you’ll hear the distinct Latin beat of salsa music. But look inside and you won’t see a Latino instructor, you’ll see Jim Chow, a Chinese immigrant, leading the crowd.
Feb 11, 2013
"1969, 2010, " Archival pigment print by Canh Nguyen. Part of the Under My Skin Exhibit at Wing Luke.

Is George Zimmerman white, Latino or mixed race? Depends on who you ask.

It’s been nearly two weeks since the George Zimmerman verdict was handed down, and the conversations in my Facebook feed have shifted from outrage and sorrow to more nuanced discussions of the state of race in the U.S.
Aug 1, 2013

War Baby / Love Child: Q&A with curator Laura Kina

War Baby/ Love Child: Mixed Race Asian American Art opens at 7pm tonight at the Wing Luke Museum of the Asian American Experience.
Aug 8, 2013

How DNA can (and can’t) help you trace your family roots

Elizabeth Hayden headed for the rolling hills of the Cotswold in England to find the ancestral home of her great-grandfather, Thomas Thatcher Grimmett. (Left photo by Joe Dunckley via Flickr) DNA technology is great. But if you really want to connect with your ancestors, do your genealogical research the old fashioned way. 
Sep 4, 2013
Does the Seattle majority fear a Planet of the Apes end game?

No Place Like Home: Apartheid in the Emerald City

White Seattle fancies itself a bastion of multiculturalist progress. Is there something else lurking beneath the surface?
Feb 12, 2014
(Photo by Nate Watters)

Black History Month: The same old song and dance?

Spectrum Dance Theatre's "Minstrel Show Revisited" puts race relations into stark relief.
Feb 26, 2014

LeiLani Nishime explores the Asian American experience in her new book

Author Leilani Nishime explains what motivated her to write about multiracial Asian-Americans in her new book, "Undercover Asian."
Mar 25, 2014
Director Peres Owino (left) on set of her documentary "Bound: Africans versus African Americans" premiering at the Seattle International Film Festival this weekend. (Photo by Nyar Nam Productions)

Bound by history, Africans and African Americans struggle to relate

Two little boys dig in the sand on an empty beach, the blue ocean behind them reflecting a dazzling sun. An off-screen narrator describes inseparable brothers in “the land of warm waters.” But the peaceful scene quickly turns frightening as one brother suddenly vanishes — disappeared, explains our narrator, “to the land of cold winters.” This […]
Jun 6, 2014
Children's Alliance (Image courtesy Meizhu Lui)

Breaking down barriers to racial equity — starting with children

The first steps toward ensuring success for children of color are some uncomfortable conversations about racial inequailty
Jun 17, 2014
Sandy Malegon is crowned Queen of the 2014 Afro-Mexican Carnival. (Photo by Reagan Jackson)

Soup or Salad: Afro-American cultural erasure in the U.S. and Mexico

What’s worse, to lose your life because you're seen as a threat, or to lose your identity to no longer be threatening?
Aug 22, 2014
(Illustration by Kamna Shastri)

The privilege and pain of passing as white

What's it like to be perceived as a race different than the one you identify with?
Sep 3, 2014
Residents of Ferguson, MO took to the streets in August after unarmed teenager Mike Brown was shot by police. (Photo by Jamelle Bouie)

The ‘black prophetic fire’ behind Cornel West’s Ferguson arrest

Following a sold out event in Seattle last week, Cornel West was arrested this morning in Ferguson.
Oct 13, 2014
Dear White People review

Dear White People: Why I still watch every movie about black people

I left "Dear White People" feeling sad because it’s 2014 and I am still excited to see a movie about black people.
Oct 31, 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
Patrice Thomas, left, and Maia Segura discuss community development and diversity at Kaffa Coffee & Wine Bar on Rainier Avenue South in Seattle. (Photo by Mark Harrison / The Seattle Times)

Confronting the myth of Seattle as a “white city”

What the numbers hide when we measure diversity in Seattle.
Nov 14, 2014

Navigating America’s biracial identity crisis

We’re living in a post-racial America, right? Then why is identifying as more than one race still so hard?
Jan 9, 2015
Chanting "hands up, don't shoot," protesters briefly blocked the entrance to the Comet Tavern on Black Friday, saying that the business owners discriminated against East African youth. (Photo by Alan Berner / The Seattle Times)

Do #BlackLivesMatter on Capitol Hill?

What to make of accusations of racial profiling and police harassment in a neighborhood known for tolerance?
Dec 5, 2014
Seattle Ferguson Protest Photos

Powerful photos from Seattle Ferguson protests

Seattle Central College student Jama Abdirahman shared these photos from #BlackLivesMatter protests around city.
Dancers perform a traditional Peruvian number last December at Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute. (Photo by Aida Solomon)

De Inga y Mandiga rising in Seattle

It’s that time of year again. The leaves that fall have fallen, downtown is wrapped in lights and El Centro de la Raza is selling Christmas trees. For many, now is a time for family, food and holiday traditions. For artist and anthropologist Monica Rojas, it’s a time for music, education and celebration with the […]
Dec 10, 2014
The sea of white at the Capitol Hill Block Party. (Photo by Bjørn Giesenbauer)

Surviving in Seattle’s sea of white

No matter how you slice it, a city that's almost 70 percent white can't really claim to be diverse.
Dec 11, 2014