Rodrigo Valenzuela's "Maria TV." (Image from the Frye Art Museum)

Rodrigo Valenzuela’s ‘Future Ruins’ reminds us of the ’13th Man’

Rodrigo Valenzuela shows us the "13th Man" post-Superbowl upset.
Feb 8, 2015
Meet young Eddie Huang, played by Hudson Yang. (Photo via "Fresh of the Boat" Facebook)

Seattle Asian Americans respond to “Fresh Off the Boat” before Wednesday premiere

The Globalist convened a panel of Seattleites to preview ABC's new Asian-American sitcom "Fresh of the Boat."
Feb 1, 2015
Migrant domestic workers lay low on a Sunday afternoon at Victoria Park. Sundays are their only day off in Hong Kong. (Photo by Chong Kai Xiong)

Exchange connects Seattle Black liberation to Hong Kong Umbrella movements

How a transpacific exchange connects Seattle Black liberation to Hong Kong Umbrella movements.
Jan 22, 2015
1990 RomCom "Green Card" depicted a French-American couple whose sham immigration marriage turned to true love.

Green card marriages blur lines between love and convenience

A green card marriage is one of the easiest ways to immigrate to the U.S. — but you'll have to convince the government your love is true.
Jan 6, 2015
Migrant farm workers in the tomato fields of Immokalee, Fla., where advocacy led to a Fair Food agreement with major food chains. (Still from FoodChainsFilm.com)

What can Sakuma workers on strike learn from ‘Food Chains’?

Connecting the field to the grocery store proved to be the best means to achieve labor gains for migrant farmworkers.
Jan 2, 2015
Tarik Abdullah at a pop-up dinner in Hillman City featuring live DJs. (Photo courtesy of Tarik Abdullah)

Seattle’s best international food entrepreneurs of 2014

Meet some of the best international food entrepreneurs who got their start this year.
Dec 30, 2014
More than 10 ethnicities are represented in one of FOCS' Southend newborn mom groups. (Photo courtesy of FOCS)

Young families of color de-gentrifying South Seattle?

Hillman City has hardly garnered the reputation of being a hotbed for community in the recent past. But change is coming.
Dec 29, 2014
Tukwila City Council Member De'Sean Quinn talked about how his city is a "hotspot" where people of color are impacted by climate change and other factors affecting health and economic status of minorities. (Photo via Gov. Jay Inslee's Flickr)

Gov. Inslee’s ‘polluter pays’ proposal a step toward climate justice

Days after the governments of the world convened in Lima to set the stage for the next big United Nations climate change conference, Gov. Jay Inslee announced a plan that would bring our state in line with 39 other programs around the world and put a price on carbon.
Dec 23, 2014

Seattle restaurant program to address immigrant, minority needs

Facebook & Twitter: With the new Restaurant Success Initiative, opening a restaurant has never been this easier for immigrants.
The turnout at Highline College at an informational event earlier this month. (Photo courtesy of NWIRP)

Opportunities, challenges await immigrant parents eligible for Obama’s deferred action

“These work permits have an expiration date to them,” said Corona, who also heads the Washington Dream Act Coalition. “It's an obvious and clear thing for an employer who may start questioning the longevity of someone they are about to make an major investment in.”
Dec 17, 2014
Summer days make the view of the Seattle skyline from Kerry Park worth the trek up Queen Anne. (Photo by Annaliese Davis)

Study seeks college-educated immigrants from Seattle

Are you an immigrant with a degree from abroad who can’t find a position in the field you studied? Then the nonprofit World Education Services is looking for your input on a study on “underutilized” college-educated immigrant workers. The group is conducting a Knight Foundation-funded study on college-educated immigrant workers, and seeks respondents from the Seattle area. World Education Services is […]
Dec 16, 2014
Anske holding her book, 'Irkadura', about a Russian mute with special powers. (Photo courtesy Ksenia Anske)

Ksenia Anske writes her way onto Amtrak with fantasy

Ksenia Anske seems to have a respectable mantra for everything. On keeping up with the dying book industry:  “Just give it out for free.” On accepting praise: “Take the f*cking donut.” On children’s books: “Adults should read them, too!” On the digital age: “What’s everyone so stressed out about?” Most importantly, when life hands you […]
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 boy who painted this visual story dreamed of a world where impoverished ethnic Burmese villagers were considered as worthy of human rights as wealthy city dwellers. (Image courtesy of Erika Berg)

Young refugees from Burma speak through art

By 2009, Burma became our state's largest refugee community.
Nov 19, 2014
YouthCAN participants cook Korean food for elders at the International Community Health Services during the Summer 2014 culinary arts session. (Photo by Minh Nguyen)

API youth find voices through art and community

Over the last decade, the YouthCAN program of the Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience (The Wing) has been offering opportunities to 15-to-19-year-olds of Asian Pacific Islander heritage to engage in their communities and find their true voices through explorations in art.
Oct 11, 2014
Mayor Murray announced OIRA initiatives yesterday morning at City Hall, with new OIRA director Cuc Vu, Deputy Mayor Hyeok Kim (far right) and members of the Seattle Immigrant and Refugee Commission looking on.

Mayor Murray proposes rollout of services for immigrant and refugee empowerment

Yesterday morning, Mayor Ed Murray announced $680,000 of new proposed investments to support Seattle’s immigrant and refugee communities, which now make up every one in five city residents.
Sep 18, 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

Washington prepares for 600 unaccompanied minors from Central America

Preparations are underway for local organizations to provide support for the 600 minors who may arrive in Washington in coming weeks.
Jul 24, 2014
Flordeliza Querijero (right) works on a mosaic that will be installed in the lobby of Courtland Place — an affordable housing project for seniors in the Rainier Valley. (Photo by Greg Gilbert / The Seattle Times)

Mosaic brings diverse women together in south Seattle

The rattle of thousands of tiny pieces of glass pouring from buckets and Tupperware was the steady soundtrack in the basement of Courtland Place (a senior housing project in Columbia City) last Tuesday morning. Well, that and the crooning of Barry White.
Jul 18, 2014
Sanjay Bhadu, owner of Jucivana Smoothies and Coffee on Yesler Ave says even with just one employee, minimum wage hikes will threaten his business. (Photo by Senhao Liu)

Minimum wage increase has immigrant small business owners fretting

Monday’s historic city council vote unanimously approving $15/hour minimum wage was meant to reduce growing income inequality in Seattle. But one group has been particularly outspoken in opposition to the wage hike — immigrant small business owners. “I think it is unreasonable. The cost of my restaurant is rising rapidly and I nearly do not earn money now,” said […]
Jun 4, 2014