Unpacking the BRI: China’s Infrastructure Plan and Its Motivations

In recent years, China under the leadership of Xi Jinping has embarked on an ambitious international infrastructure investment program called the Belt and Road Initiative or BRI. The initiative has seen China sign agreements or implement projects with countries worldwide, including in Southeast Asia, East Africa, and Latin America. Dr. Spencer Cohen, Senior Economist at Community Attributes Inc., will share his thoughts on the BRI, […]
Aug 15, 2019

Republicanism, Communism, Islam: Cosmopolitan Origins of Revolution in Southeast Asia

The Philippine, Indonesian, and Vietnamese ‘revolutions’ have long been understood in terms of a nationalist template, on the one hand, and distinctive ‘local’ cultures and forms of consciousness, on the other. But over the past few decades, historians have suggested an alternative vantage point for understanding the variegated forms and trajectories of ‘revolution’ across Southeast […]
Mar 14, 2019

Rebel Reading Circle: The Fight Against Fascism in the U.S.A: Lesson’s From the 1930’s – 40’s

Delve into gripping first-person accounts by anti-fascist organizers from the Great Depression era. The rise of fascism in Europe has been well-documented, but the home-grown Nazi movement it inspired is rarely discussed. This booklet documents successful campaigns in New York, Minneapolis and Los Angeles to confront fascist organizations such as the German-American Bund and the […]
Feb 2, 2019

Documentary film Kosciuszko: A Man Ahead of His Time followed by Q&A with director Alex Storozynski and leading actor Olek Krupa

Thaddeus Kosciuszko, a Polish-American national hero, was truly a man ahead of his time. In the 18th century he fought for universal liberty and equality for all, including native people and slaves, Polish peasants and Jews, and women. He was one of George Washington’s most important military strategists and engineers. His plans led to an […]
Apr 30, 2018

Jimi Hendrix’s restored London flat open to the public

Seattle-born Jimi Hendrix called the London flat his first real home of his own.
Feb 11, 2016

Video: Seattle’s hidden history of Filipino struggle

On Saturday, the Filipino activist group AnakBayan Seattle will celebrate its tenth anniversary as the first overseas chapter of the democratic youth organization, which is based in the Philippines. But the history of Filipinos fighting for dignity and respect in Seattle reaches back further to over a century ago. This history isn’t taught in schools, […]
Nov 29, 2012

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

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