Tukwila immigrant businesses face displacement in police station plans

Businesses on the land slated for Tukwila's new police station say they weren't given much notice — and that the plan will disrupt the existing community.
Nov 15, 2017
Masjid Ramadan, Hargesia, Somaliland. (Photo by Ikram Issa)

1,000 Somali Shillings: How mosques hold Somalia together

A Seattle Muslim who moved back to his native land found his faith rekindled inside the four simple walls of a Somali mosque.
Jan 25, 2017

The fourth R: Refugee students get intensive course in resettlement

The International Rescue Committee's summer program helps young refugees enrolled in the Tukwila School District acclimate to their new home.
Sep 13, 2016

National youth arts camp lands in Seattle, Tukwila

Seattle Theatre Group and AileyCamp are hosting youth arts and personal development classes in Seattle for the first time at Tukwila Community Center.
Jun 26, 2016
(Photo by Ian Terry)

Is Tukwila really the most dangerous city in America?

Local officials are calling bull on a recent report that identified Tukwila as the most dangerous city in America.
Jun 7, 2016

#GreaterSeattle: Somali refugee shines light on forgotten conflict

Somali refugee Mohamed Shidane works two jobs and goes to school. But he still makes time to speak up about human rights in the Ogaden region of Ethiopia.
Apr 18, 2016

Din Tai Fung announces Southcenter location

Din Tai Fung is slated to open December 2016 in Southcenter.
Jan 4, 2016

Seattle police investigating death of Somali teen after community outcry

The family of Hamza Warsame criticized the lack of communication and sensitivity from police immediately after the 16-year-old died.
Dec 8, 2015
Allan Ekberg and De'Sean Quinn are vying to be mayor of Tukwila in a race that's seen a lot of sniping over campaign signs, but not enough substantive talk about representation. (Photo by Goorish Wibneh)

Is backlash against immigrants tainting Tukwila politics?

Despite being more than a third of the population, foreign-born residents of Tukwila can't seem to find a place at the table in city politics.
Oct 30, 2015

‘The Big Read’ a chance to examine challenges for King County immigrants

A King County Library program called The Big Read encourages communities to come together around a book about the Ethiopian immigrant experience.
Oct 26, 2015
Volunteer Kevin Tran stacks bins of donated food for weekend backpacks for 64 students at Thorndyke Elementary school in Tukwila. (Steve Ringman/The Seattle Times)

Tukwila kids go hungry and homeless in Seattle’s shadow

In the midst of Seattle's economic boom, a Tukwila elementary school is struggling to provide for students in need of shoes, food and beds.
May 15, 2015

Tough talk about teacher diversity in Tukwila School District

While most agree that teacher diversity needs to improve at the Tukwila School District, local members of the NAACP disagree with the district on the path.
May 13, 2015

Changes to WIC program pose challenges for Somali grocers

At SeaTac Produce in Tukwila, Amira Abdulle cheerily greets customers along with her sons, who help to warm sambusas sold in the front case at the register. After shadowing her mother, Sahra, at the Tabarak minimart for nearly 10 years, Abdulle jumped at the opportunity to lease the space next door when a former casino became […]
Mar 27, 2015

Tukwila community rallies around 7 refugee children from Burma after mother’s death

Nine months ago, Zam Khup, a refugee from Burma, finally was able to welcome his wife, Ciin Nuam, and their six oldest children to the United States. He had immigrated from the Chin state in Burma in 2012, and was living and working in south King County. The family connected with the local community of immigrants from Burma […]
Dec 8, 2014

For immigrants and refugees, Project Feast makes food, work

An innovative program in Tukwila is honing the culinary skills of new immigrants and helping them shine in American kitchens.
Sep 16, 2014
(Photo courtesy PramilaJayapal.com)

Pramila Jayapal racking up endorsements for State Senate run

Just months after Democrat Adam Kline announced his plans to leave the State Senate, Pramila Jayapal has emerged as the candidate to beat in an already crowded race for the 37th District seat. Jayapal — longtime resident of the Southend district — is most widely known as the founder and former executive director of OneAmerica, the […]
Apr 23, 2014

Women-only swim in Tukwila faces discrimination complaints

A gender-specific swim program developed by Muslim women in Tukwila has seen a flood of public support in response to a human rights complaint filed against it by a local couple.
Nov 21, 2013
Abdi Mohamed Ali, left, helps Rachel Eagan pronounce Somali words in an evening class held Tuesday at Foster High School. “You need to speak to Somalis,” to learn, Ali says. (Photo by Bettina Hansen / The Seattle Times)

Want to learn a useful foreign language? Try Somali

An evening class at Foster High School in Tukwila is helping people learn Somali. It’s not an easy language, but in a region with a lot of Somali immigrants, a few words go a long way.
Oct 4, 2013
From left; first generation Samoan youth Roselle Savea, Naiasolagi Ulusago, Nathan Taupau and Evangeline Taupau at a carwash to benefit the Aso Fitu Samoa Church on the sidewalk of International Boulevard in Tukwila, Wash. (Photo by Ian Terry)

Parents just don’t understand: The immigrant youth experience

Caught between worlds, first generation immigrants from around the globe find community in their alienation.
Jun 19, 2013

News Roundup – Diversity in Tukwila, Soda Diplomacy and an Endless War on Terror

(Photo by Erika Schultz/THE SEATTLE TIMES ) Diversity Means Opportunity in Tukwila – From Somalis to Bosnians to Nepalis, Seattle Times photographer Erika Schultz put together a brilliant photographic tour of diverse immigrant communities in Tukwila.
May 21, 2013