Several Ziplock bags full of Metformin pills — a medication used to treat diabetes — were donated to Seattle's Salaam Cultural Museum from a single source in California. Recylced materials often arrive in bulk after Seattle's Salaam Cultural Museum identifies medical needs within communities of Syrian refugees in Jordan, where SCM founder Rita Zawaideh and other volunteers travel each month to disperse them. (File photo)

Where was the real talk about lowering health care costs this election?

Why do Americans pay so much more for health care? The real problem neither Trump or Hillary are talking about.
Nov 8, 2016
"Cemetery of Splendor" is an enigmatic film, made before the 2014 junta in Thailand. (Photo courtesy Strand Releasing.)

Thai film “Cemetery of Splendor” blends surrealism and fear

Director Apichatpong Weerasethakul will not show his film "Cemetery Of Splendor" in Thailand because of heightened censorship after a 2014 coup.
Mar 9, 2016
A small-scale shrimp peeling factory in Karachi, Pakistan where children, mostly girls, work in abusive, unsanitary conditions rather than attending school. (Video still by Alex Stonehill)

Would you rather eat shrimp peeled by slaves, or by robots?

Automation is changing the way seafood like shrimp is processed. But will it uplift the women who currently do that work, or just take their jobs?
Jan 21, 2016
Joey Lu performs as his drag persona, Yuki. (Photo courtesy of Joey Lu)

Asian LGBTQ students speak up on being out at UW

LGBTQ students at UW who hail from Asian countries talk about the differences between being out in Seattle versus attitudes in their home countries.
Jun 9, 2015
A family at a refugee camp in Thailand, where there are still 150,000 UN-recognized refugees unable to return home to Burma. (Photo by Mikhail Esteves)

Reacting to reforms in Burma, donors leave refugees high and dry

Seattleites are donating 'one night out' this weekend to help Burmese refugees who've been forgotten by big international donors.
Sep 12, 2014
Shrimp for sale at a fish market in Thailand, the largest exporter of shrimp in the world. (Photo by EJF)

Something’s fishy with Thai seafood imports

It’s local seafood season — all the more reason to examine your consumption of foreign seafood imports.
Jun 11, 2014
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A dozen coups later, will Thailand ever be stable?

It might still be a nice place to vacation, but Thursday's military coup was the latest indicator of years of government disfunction in Thailand.
May 22, 2014
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Cost of Gender: Transgender Americans seek healthcare in Thailand

The Cost of Gender shares the stories of transgender Americans faced with health care discrimination at home, who look to Thailand for better options.
Apr 3, 2014
Team Meitan from Japan training around Phu Chi Fah, Thailand. (Photo by Steve Thomas)

Northern Thailand a cyclist’s dream

A UW grad’s two-wheeled trek to understand Thai culture.
Mar 12, 2014
Stephanie Weber and her husband, Pier Paolo Perrone, of Frankfurt, Germany, look for clues to find a geocache in Seattle's Fremont neighborhood on Wednesday. (Photo by Erika Schultz / The Seattle Times)

Geocaching: A global treasure hunt with Northwest roots

How a digital scavenger hunt born in Oregon has changed the way people travel.
Aug 16, 2013
The author, with the scarf her mother bought her from a nonprofit for women with disabilities in Kazakhstan. (Photo by Marat Garafutdinov)

Ethical travel: How to shop for souvenirs with a conscience

Foreign travel wouldn’t be the same without a few souvenirs. But how you choose to spend abroad can have a huge impact on the place you’re visiting.
Jul 2, 2013
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Finding a new branch of my family tree in Thailand

BANGKOK, Thailand– They were complete strangers, but it instantly felt like a family reunion. One week before I departed for my first international reporting trip, my grandmother Cece and my great aunt Karen casually drop to me on Facebook that, oh by the way, I have relatives in Thailand. Come again? Now I’m from a long and […]
Nov 26, 2012
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Northwest expats in Thailand cheer Obama victory with locals

BANGKOK, Thailand–As the elections unfolded yesterday in the US, a small huddle of Americans glued their eyes to the CNN report, broadcasting the returns in a mostly empty bar here in Bangkok. The American-owned Roadhouse BBQ was one of only two bars in the city advertising an election watch. Yet in a city packed full […]
Nov 7, 2012
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Healthcare and LGBTQ debates collide in trans medical tourism

The Seattle Globalist is launching a new multimedia project on transgender health care in the U.S. and why Americans are traveling to places like Thailand for more affordable options. The project, called “The Cost of Gender” hits at the core of two of the most heated debates in the US: health care and LGBTQ rights.  
Aug 29, 2012
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Gut-punching Globalization Trilogy comes to Northwest Film Forum

I’m looking forward to seeing Whore’s Glory, the third film in Michael Glawogger’s, Globalization Trilogy, with a mix of anticipation and dread. The Austrian director’s trilogy spans the globe to give an intimate look at the life and work of people on the economic margins. The results are not always easy to watch. Glawogger’s website […]
Apr 23, 2012