Uzbekistan's President Islam Karimov (L) dances as Prime Minister Shavkat Mirziyoyev applauds next to him during Independence Day celebrations in Tashkent, Uzbekistan in 2007. (Photo from Reuters / Shamil Zhumatov)

The Night the Dictator Danced: What’s next for Uzbekistan after Karimov?

Seattle's sister city Tashkent is in mourning and turmoil after the death of longtime dictator Islam Karmov. What will happen to Uzbekistan after Karimov?
Sep 22, 2016
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Sister city travel guide: Eating your way around Iceland

It’s no coincidence that Seattle and Reykjavik have been sister cities since 1986.
Jun 12, 2014
Backpacker enjoying street food at a curbside cafe in Haiphong. (Photo from Flickr by HRamirez)

Sister city travel guide: Haiphong, Vietnam

On a bus on my way to Haiphong,  Seattle’s Vietnamese sister city, I chatted with another young American about our travels. He mentioned that it was his “second tour through Vietnam.” Forty years ago, a “tour” in Vietnam meant something entirely different for young Americans. In the space of just one generation, the setting of […]
May 6, 2014
A mosque showing the traditional architectural style in Tashkent. (Photo by so11e via Flickr)

My time in Tashkent: report-back from our Central Asian sister city

City Councilmember Jean Godden visited Uzbekistan this summer to celebrate the enduring relationship between Seattle and Tashkent. 
Oct 16, 2013
Dilbarkon Akhmedova sings a traditional Uzbek folk song and represents her hometown of Taskent, which is shares a Sister City relationship with Seattle. (Photo by Christian Zerbel)

Sister Cities reception celebrates Seattle’s international ties

The 17th annual Seattle Sister Cities reception last week brought people from all around the globe to Seattle City Hall to celebrate diversity and cross-cultural relationships.
May 17, 2013

Sister city travel guide: Christchurch, New Zealand

Winter blues got you down? Seattle’s southern hemisphere sister city makes for a perfect February vacation destination.
Feb 21, 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